Royals Change September 12 Game Time To Accommodate U2 Concert In Arrowhead

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KANSAS CITY, MO. (June 8, 2017) – The Kansas City Royals today announced they have come to an agreement with the Kansas City Chiefs to move the first pitch time on September 12 from its originally scheduled 7:15 p.m. to a special 12:15 p.m. start.

The time change, which has been approved by both Major League Baseball and the Chicago White Sox, was agreed upon to allow the Chiefs to host a U2 concert in Arrowhead at 7:30 p.m. The 12:15 start will allow fans who attend the game between the Royals and White Sox have the opportunity to vacate the parking lot in plenty of time before the concert crowd begins to arrive.

The T-Shirt giveaway originally scheduled for September 12 will now take place on Tuesday, August 29 when the Royals host the Tampa Bay Rays at 7:15 p.m. The first 10,000 fans will receive a Brisket-Acho T-shirt.

The game will be televised on FOX Sports Kansas City with the pre-game show, Royals Live, beginning at 11:30 a.m.

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.