Omaha Storm Chasers, Kansas City Royals fulfill promise to reschedule exhibition

Omaha Storm Chasers, Kansas City Royals fulfill promise to reschedule exhibition
Storm Chasers president and general manager Martie Cordaro has been pushing to get an exhibition with the Kansas City Royals at Werner Park. (World-Herald News Service)

When Omaha’s March 26 exhibition with Kansas City at Werner Park was canceled because of inclement weather, all parties promised they’d try it again next year. True to their word, it’s happening.

The Storm Chasers will host Kansas City in an exhibition at 6:05 p.m. March 25. It will be the first time the Royals and their Triple-A affiliate have met since a scoreless tie at Rosenblatt Stadium in 2000.

“We are very excited to welcome the Kansas City Royals to Omaha in 2019,” Omaha President and General Manager Martie Cordaro said in a press release. “We are very appreciative of Dayton Moore and the entire Royals organization in working with us in committing to making this game happen for our fans.”

Moore, Kansas City’s general manager, vowed in March, when the exhibition between the teams was canceled, that the Royals would be back next year.

“As soon as the decision was made to postpone the exhibition earlier this year, my first priority was to make good on returning to Omaha for our fans in that area,” said Moore, in his 12th year in Kansas City, in a press release. “We are proud of the association we have and thrilled to play at Werner Park next spring.”

The Royals and Omaha have the longest-running affiliation in Triple-A, and one of the lengthiest in all of the minors. Neither one has been affiliated with another franchise in their 50 years of existence.

The Royals were at Werner, preparing to play, when the decision to cancel was made in March. Moore, Cordaro and Chasers owner Gary Green all expressed their disappointment. Green and Cordaro have been pursuing the Royals exhibition in Omaha for years.

“We’re going to make sure we’re going to give this another shot next year and will continue to stay committed until ultimately we get a chance to play in front of our great fans in Omaha,” Moore said in March. “Gary and Martie have both pushed tirelessly for us to play this game. It’s been something that’s been in the works for a long, long time. … And we’re going to make sure this happens in the future.”

The fan interest in the March exhibition game was high. The game sold out in less than 24 hours.

Ticketholders for the canceled exhibition will have the first opportunity for tickets to the 2019 game in an online presale. That starts Thursday for fans who purchased club or box seats and Tuesday for those who bought berm tickets. Any remaining tickets will go on sale May 24.

If weather keeps the teams from playing March 25, a makeup date of March 26 has been set.

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