In May 2013 Travis Spire-Sweet proposed to his then-girlfriend, Taesha Benson, on the field in front of a Royals crowd.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -
When baseball fan make new memories at Kauffman Stadium this year, they will have to count out big screen marriage proposals.
That's actually been true since mid-season last year, but a new survey from the dating guide Swimmingly, pointed it out, in highlighting how game-time proposals work around Major League Baseball.
Now local love birds are speaking out about the change.
"Six years before it even happened, I knew that that's how I was going to propose to her," said David Baughman, sitting in his Kansas City home with his fiancee Brena Rodriguez.
Four years later, remembering that day still brings the pair so much joy.
"I dropped the ring and I was like babe could you get that for me?" said Baughman. "I'm thinking no I should have gone down and got it. So we're both crouched down and I'm like wait hold on no, you stand back up."
Rodriguez added, "He was like 'No will you marry me?' and I was like 'Oh, OK, yeah!' And then he was like look at the screen."
Their big question, popped up on the big screen in Kauffman Stadium. But it's an option no more for Kansas City marriage-seekers.
"Because it was happening, sometimes almost every homestand, it just was losing its pizzazz and we just were struggling to find times for it," Royals spokesman Toby Cook said.
Couples used to be able to reserve engagement time during short half inning breaks. But as demand, then advertising, picked up, competing for the same time slots, it was time to drop proposals from the line-up.
"It was a way for their kinda dream to come true," said Baughman. "So now they have to go to, what, Cardinals Stadium to have it done at? Who wants to go there?"
The Royals will still let people pop the question on smaller screens against the outfield wall for $50, but no cameras, and they're only up about for 10 seconds.
Plus certain special exceptions will always apply.
"A young man was back from being deployed and he not only surprised his girlfriend, but then he got down on one knee and proposed to her, and we'll continue to do that a couple of times a year," Cook said.
But for the average pair, Baughman and Rodriguez are now part of an increasingly exclusive club, with a moment they'll never forget.
"He totally made it come true, and he's been the one that's done it for me, and I love him for it," Rodriguez said.
The full proposal package used to run $500 at Kauffman Stadium, with some perks included. All proceeds went to Royals Charities. That's still true for the $50 option.
Around the MLB, proposal prices range from $39 for the Pittsburg Pirates, up to $2,500 at the LA Dodgers' stadium.
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