When the New York Mets face the Kansas City Royals to open the 2016 season, the Royals will celebrate their World Series victory twice, according to MLB.com's Jeffrey Flanagan.
In a rematch of last year's Fall Classic, the Royals will raise their World Series banner on opening night, April 3, on ESPN at 8:30 p.m. For their second game of the season, the Royals will hold a ring ceremony on April 5, at 4:15 p.m. for their local partner, FOX Sports Kansas City, to air.
"We decided to move the ring ceremony to the second game of the season so our entire fan base could feel like they are a part of it," Royals Senior VP of Business Operations Kevin Uhlich said in a statement, as reported by KMBC. "While it's great that ESPN has selected our season opener for their first primetime telecast, only our fans in attendance would have the opportunity to witness the entire ring ceremony. By moving the ceremony to Tuesday, our partners at FOX Sports Kansas City can carry the ring presentation in its entirety for all fans to see."
After opening the season with two games in Kansas City, the Mets will host the Royals for a two-game series at Citi Field on June 21 and June 22.