A local news chopper in Kansas was shocked to discover someone playing a casual game of Mario Kart on the massive video board in the Kansas City Royals’ stadium.
A reporter for KCTV5, Tom Martin, posted the clip on Twitter, which had been captured from one of their helicopters, heading out for aerial shots of another stadium.
As they flew past, they couldn’t help but notice the Mario Kart action going down on the big screen – certainly not the typical gaming experience.
we sent our helicopter out to get aerials of Arrowhead Stadium and on its way there it noticed a game of Mario Kart had broken out on the Crown Vision board at Kauffman Stadium?? :joyful: pic.twitter.com/rOy0icieVi
— Tom Martin (@TomKCTV5) January 8, 2019
Being played on the ‘Crown Vision’ board at the Kauffman stadium, it turned out the sighting was part of a charity event – not just a technician who had got a bit bored.
Initially, some commenters thought it could have been a member of staff, perhaps security or maintenance, who had decided to have a cheeky game.
You just got some poor security guard fired.
— Great Googly Moogly (@Mutiny32) January 9, 2019
I hope it was worth it. Someone is going to be out of a job.
— Being Human (@withcomment) January 9, 2019
However, The Royals, seeing the viral tweet about the unorthodox use of their grounds, explained that it was part of a fundraiser to kick off the new year.
Yep! This was part of a #Royals Associates fundraiser to kick off the year.
— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) January 9, 2019
It’s currently the off-season in the MLB, meaning teams have some downtime for their stadium usage.
This is a part of a @Royals Associates fundraiser with us to kick off the year! You may even see a video game party on CrownVision as an auction item in 2019 :eyes:
— Royals Charities (@royalscharities) January 9, 2019
Some commenters pointed out that the massive screen probably wasn’t the best for gaming, considering there was likely a considerable input lag, and the aspect ratio cut off most of the side of the screen.
It isn’t the first time that games have been played on stadium jumbotrons either. In May 2018, the Milwaukee Brewers got in on the Fortnite mayhem by playing it in their stadium, and other sports teams followed their example.
“It is a beautiful day. Give @FortniteGame a break and play outside.”
— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) May 9, 2018