Kansas City Monarchs Join KDOT’s “Fans With A Plan” Program To Promote Safe Driving

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The Kansas City Monarchs and the Kansas Department of Transportation are joining forces to make sure every fan gets home safe from Legends Field.

The reigning American Association champions are the latest team to join KDOT’s “Fans With A Plan” program encouraging fans to plan ahead and get a sober ride home.

“We’re proud to partner with KDOT to spread the word about this important initiative,” Monarchs owner Mark Brandmeyer said. “Whether it’s choosing a designated driver, calling a friend or using a ride share service, every fan should have a sober ride home from Legends Field.”

KDOT, Bureau of Transportation Safety Behavioral Safety Manager Gary Herman said, “We’re excited for the partnership with the KC Monarchs Baseball Club and the opportunity to connect with their fan base at Legends Field and through gameday broadcasts with a reminder that planning ahead for a sober driver is always the right choice. We’re appreciative of their prominent ride-share accommodation at the ballpark and comprehensive communications support.”

KDOT and the Monarchs have designated a convenient ride-share pick-up and drop-off area at Gate A of Legends Field, encouraging fans to always have a sober ride to and from home.

The Monarchs will broadcast a special message to fans during each game promoting safe driving options like ride sharing and choosing a designated driver. The Monarchs will also promote sober driving on their TV and radio broadcasts.

KDOT’s “Fans With A Plan” program has partnered with a variety of sports and entertainment venues statewide including football, basketball, soccer and motorsports. The plan has been embraced by everyone from athletes to administrators to fans as part of the effort to prevent serious injuries and traffic deaths associated with impaired driving in Kansas.

The Monarchs open their 2024 season on May 10. Their home opener is May 16 from Legends Field in Kansas City, Kansas.

About the Kansas City Monarchs

The Kansas City Monarchs are a professional baseball team in the American Association, an MLB Partner League. 2024 will be their 21st season at Legends Field in Kansas City, Kansas. In 2020, the team partnered with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and changed their name from the T-Bones to the Monarchs in honor of the legendary Negro League franchise that played from 1920 to 1965. This year, the Monarchs and the museum are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the first Negro League World Series, won by the Monarchs in 1924.

About the American Association

The American Association of Professional Baseball is an MLB Partner League that began play in 2006. Teams in the league are not affiliated with any one MLB organization. The league consists of 12 teams located primarily in the Midwest and the Great Lakes regions of the United States. Its season runs from May to September and features players who are looking to showcase their talents for a chance to be signed by a major-league team.