A brief and wonderful mystery played out over Kauffman Stadium, home of the Kansas City Royals, on Tuesday morning as a news chopper caught someone playing a round of Mario Kart on the ballpark’s big screen.
Thousands of Mario Kart fans were instantly overjoyed when KCTV5 posted this video on Twitter:
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?? 😂 pic.twitter.com/rOy0icieVi
— Tom Martin (@TomKCTV5) January 8, 2019
Can you imagine? Rounding a few laps as Yoshi on a screen that big? I bet the blue shell wipeouts are extra brutal blown up like that.
While I hoped the game was being played by, I dunno, wise old ballpark janitors who had started up an unlikely friendship with a rookie outfielder, the actual reason is somehow much sweeter. Royals Charity, a nonprofit in association with the baseball team, auctions off big screen time at their events, according to the Kansas City Star. The proceeds go to benefit children, education and youth baseball programs. The game appears to have been part of an event for that organization.
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 👀
— Royals Charities (@royalscharities) January 9, 2019
This means that you can give to a worthy cause and make all of your friends hate you and your mad video game skills all in one go.