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In the end, the heads of Major League Baseball got together and made a final decision on the situation. Just as they had done in the William A. Shea situation, they did with the Senator Stuart Symington situation... an announcement of 4 new expansion teams to take place in 1969... 2 in the National League and 2 in the American League. The two new National League teams would include the first ever international team... the Montreal Expos along with the promotion of the San Diego Padres from the Triple-A Pacific Coast League to the Major Leagues. In the American League, the two new teams would include the Seattle Pilots (who would barely last the season before escaping to Milwaukee to become the Brewers) and a team to replace the Athletics in Kansas City Missouri... giving birth to the new Kansas City Royals. With the new team now in place, plans really went full throttle into completing the new "Royals Stadium". It cannot be said enough times how odd it was for the Royals to have the very own ballpark when every other team in the league was giving up their baseball-only ballparks for a move to multi-purpose concrete sterility. It is not just that it completely bucked the trend, so much as the fact that the mind-frame of the time felt that the move to shared football-baseball stadia was actually a very good thing. Having a stadium to call your own wasn't exactly thought upon as a positive idea. Still, onward and upward the stadium grew... and the more it grew the more interesting it became. This wasn't your cookie cutter stadium that was arising off of Interstate I-70... this was an ultra-modern stadium with sweeping lines that ran from left around home plate to right field, quickly rising up in the middle for a dramatic zenith before falling on each side to meet the outfield. Nothing was every built like it, before or since. We've seen comparisons to this and other stadia that would follow, but none of it is true. Nothing looks like Kauffman Stadium. This before we even explore... the fountains.