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Kansas City Royals will fill seats with plastic fan cutouts

 Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Danny Duffy delivers to a Los Angeles Angels batter during the first inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Friday, April 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Danny Duffy delivers to a Los Angeles Angels batter during the first inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Friday, April 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner) (KY3)
Published: Jul. 1, 2020 at 12:34 PM CDT
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The Kansas City Royals have launched what they are calling a "Fanbassador" program in which up to 500 fans may purchase a plastic cutout of their likeness for $40 apiece that will be displayed in a seat at Kauffman Stadium during the abbreviated 2020 season.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Royals Respond Fund, an effort to support Kansas City-area nonprofits that are focused on food insecurity amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The idea of putting fan likenesses inside stadiums began in Germany when soccer resumed, and other baseball franchises like the Oakland A's have proposed the same idea. Season ticket holders will have the first opportunity to purchase their likenesses.

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