Play Ball – Omaha Storm Chasers to host exhibition game against Kansas City Royals

Bob Gibson statue outside Werner Park.
Bob Gibson statue outside Werner Park.

It’s the Bigs vs. the Minors. Stars vs. Up-and-comers. Major League Baseball vs. Minor League Baseball. The Kansas City Royals take on the hometown Omaha Storm Chasers in an exhibition game Monday, March 25, as each team kicks off its 51st season. The teams enjoy baseball’s longest-running player development relationship.

The exhibition game marks the first time the teams have played each other since 2000. The 2018 game quickly sold out when it was announced, but it was canceled due to inclement weather. This year, the teams blocked off two days next week to play (Monday and Tuesday). More than 9,000 fans are expected to fill Werner Park.

The Omaha Storm Chasers – KC’s Triple-A affiliate – developed several members of the teams that played in the World Series in 2015 and 2016. Current Chaser alumni with the Royals include Danny Duffy, Whit Merrifield and Alex Gordon.

Omaha’s initial season ended as the 1969 American Association champion. Then known as the Royals, Omaha enjoyed several winning seasons while playing at the old Rosenblatt Stadium. The team moved to Werner Park in Papillion nine seasons ago.

Omaha Storm Chasers' 50th season features several celebrations.
Omaha Storm Chasers kick off their 51st season April 9th.

After celebrating their 50th season in 2018, the Storm Chasers plan fun activities and special games during the 2019 season, inocuidng another game as the Omaha Runza and five games as the Sizzle (celebrating Nebraska’s steak history). 

As the teams kick off the 2019 season against each other, KC and Omaha fans are excited to watch their favorite players on the field. So, enjoy the season and Play Ball!

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