Kauffman Stadium. LIVESTRONG Sporting Park. Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun. What do all of these things have in common? Their ability to provide hours of outdoor entertainment for large crowds of fun-seekers in Kansas City. At Midwest Storm Restoration, we’re proud of our city and all of the exciting things it has to offer.
Have you ever wondered, though, what would happen if you were to get caught in a severe weather situation while you were out at the K or standing in line to ride the Mamba? We sure have. And we know that the facility managers of each location have thought about it too. In fact, as part of their commitment to the safety and well-being of their customers and patrons, they each have detailed plans regarding what to do in the event of severe weather.
Prior to Opening Day this season, the Kansas City Royals addressed severe weather issues with the media and reassured viewers that a plan for action was in place. In fact, according to team spokesman Toby Cook, Kauffman Stadium is actually one of the safest places to be in Kansas City during severe weather due to its amount of concrete and structurally sound interior space. The tunnels and lower levels of the stadium are equipped to hold a capacity crowd, and all ushers and staff are trained to help fans move quickly into safe areas.
Across town at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park, the staff are equally as committed to fan safety and are ready for whatever weather issues arise during an event. While they offer safe shelter in the facility’s concourses, they also make frequent announcements to crowds regarding inclement weather allowing them to make decisions regarding whether they want to stay at the park or go to an area of their choosing.
When it comes to handling severe weather at an amusement park, things get a little trickier. Park officials pay attention to the weather and will shut down rides in the event of lightning, hail, high winds or tornadoes. Due to the amount of space that is covered, however, guests are encouraged to seek shelter in enclosed waiting areas, restrooms or concrete structures. The best option for amusement parks of any kind, however, is to pay attention to the weather and make an informed decision before heading out for the day. If there is severe weather approaching, consider postponing your outing for a more weather-friendly day.
This summer, we hope you’ll embrace the many fun activities Kansas City has to offer. With the MLB All-Star game coming to town and the guys of Sporting KC bringing down opponents right and left, we know that you and your family will be treated to hours of entertainment and make great memories in the process. If, however, those memories should include a sudden severe weather adventure while you’re at one of the local stadiums or attractions, be sure you know ahead of time where you’ll go and what you’ll do. Check the weather before heading out and review the facility’s information online so that you’ll know the safest areas in the event of a storm. Also, talk to your kids prior to the outing and prepare them for the possibility of seeking shelter. Reassure them that the facilities are safe and that you are aware of the weather procedures. While the likelihood that you’ll need to use these plans is small, it’s better to be safe than sorry!
So, from all of us at Midwest Storm Restoration, we wish you the best of summers. And if severe weather should strike know we are here to provide you with the best restoration service in the area.