KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It was an emotional moment for Kansas City as Royals fans watched the championship banner raised at Kauffman Stadium on Sunday.
It joined the 1985 banner, which had flown alone for 30 years.
The 2015 flag was raised by members of the Kansas City Fire Department to a roar of cheers from the crowd, booming musical fanfare, and the loud cracks of fireworks.
It was truly a sight to behold and a moment to soak in; one last victory toast before the slate is wiped clean and the Royals begin the long road to October, where they hope to defend their championship title.
Plenty of fans have been waiting 30 years for this moment, while some among the younger generation have never experienced a moment like this in their lives.
It's been said you're no officially a champion until you fly the flag.
Fans hurried to their seats to catch a glimpse of the world championship pennant being raised, but the view from the parking lot was just as good.
The whole stadium was growing goosebumps around ten minutes after 7 p.m.
KC fans gathered in the area outside the left field gate -- some of whom climbed onto rocks and benches to get a better look at the special moment.
"You don't hear anything like Kauffman Stadium. It's one of the best places to watch baseball and it was just amazing," Corey White said.
"It feels real. It feels so passionate. It just makes everything feel from last fall seem it's all so believable," Ashley Riles said.
The banner was ready to go up earlier this week, but the Royals wanted to save it for this special moment.