Fans say afternoon game feels like a second Opening Day

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. --  It may be the second game of the season, but it's still Opening Day for the Royals and many of their fans. The Royals kept all of the Opening Day insignias on the field and on the baseballs.

Fans told FOX 4's Dave D'Marko why the Royals really needed an opening night, and an opening day this year.

Coming to Opening Day has been a tradition for many of the fans I spoke with. But the past couple years those tickets have been a lot harder to come by for fans who don`t have season tickets, or a lot of money to spend.

So many fans out for the tailgates this afternoon were happy to be part of the Royals opening day, and their first game they were seeing in person this year, even if it was the second for the players.

Group ticket sales are big for opening day traditional tailgate parties. FOX 4 talked to one group who have come for years and were on a waiting list, and just lucky enough to be able to be part of this opening series of the season.

"We're not missing out as much, right. We are going to see the ring ceremony so that's really cool. It's an afternoon game which home openers have in the past almost always been, so it's the same feeling for us. Really excited," longtime Royals fan Laura Bailey said.