For baseball fans in Missouri, the Cardinals-Royals rivalry pits the two sides of the state against each other. With St. Louis on one side and Kansas City on the other, the so-called “I-70 rivalry” has inspired both cheers and jeers.
With more MLB fans watching games from home this year, we were curious about what would happen if fans faced off outside of the baseball diamond. In other words, which Missouri baseball team has better fan caves?
Below is a ranked list of the top fan caves from the St. Louis Cardinals and the Kansas City Royals. Find out how your team did, and let us know which one gives you #basementgoals.
#1: Spacious Cardinal Cave
Attribution: njderek – Reddit
This fan cave uses recessed lighting along with a white-and-gray color scheme to make an otherwise dark basement feel light and bright. A comfortable couch is across from a big-screen TV, and a Cardinals rug is centered on the floor. Adding storage is one of the easiest DIY basement updates, and the wall of white cabinetry in this basement shows just how great storage can look.
In a video tour of the Cardinal Cave, the homeowner shows off all of the memorabilia that’s stowed in the glass display cabinets and framed on the walls.
#2: Royals Basement Called “The Bullpen”
Attribution: @RyanHageman33 – Twitter
This Kansas City Royals fan named his room The Bullpen. The memorabilia on display includes figurines, signage, photos, and a recreation of the Kauffman Stadium scoreboard. One of the best parts of the fan cave is the corridor hallway that was painted to look like a giant baseball that’s at least six feet tall.
#3: St. Louis Cardinals Fan Cave
Attribution: Humble Realtor – YouTube
A St. Louis-based realtor was excited to show off the basement of a property listing, saying, “This is one of the coolest basements that I’ve ever seen.” The video tour starts at the staircase with a hand-painted baseball-themed mural. Once downstairs, there are framed jerseys, a full bar, poker table, and faux locker room style-cubbies in the bathroom.
#4: Ultimate Cardinals Basement
Attribution: Fulford Home Remodeling – YouTube
This renovation project started with an unfinished basement that had bare cement flooring, rough timber frames for walls, and an unused treadmill. After the basement renovation, the homeowners had a sports room that’s perfect for entertaining. There’s a TV area with surround sound, a full kitchen, half-bath, bar, and game table. There’s even a special display area to show off the owner’s Stan Musial signed jersey.
#5: KC Royals-Inspired Fan Cave
Attribution: Kansas City Royals – YouTube
When this Royals fan was house hunting, one of the priorities was to find a home where he could display all of his Royals memorabilia. The finished basement of his new home became the perfect Royals fan cave. It even was named by the team as the best fan cave of 2017. In the fan cave video tour the owner made when entering the competition, you can see all of the banners, posters, pennants, bobbleheads, blankets, jerseys, and more.
#6: Kansas City Royals Fan Cave Becomes Home Office
Attribution: @Royals – Twitter
This Kansas City Royals fan cave served an unexpected purpose. In the spring of 2020 when many people we asked to work from home, the countertop of the home bar became the homeowner’s new office desk. The blue walls of the basement showcase the KC memorabilia. There’s also a big-screen TV and a liquor cabinet, presumably for after the workday ends.
#7: Cardinals Fan Cave
Attribution: St. Louis Home, Kitchen & Bathroom Remodeling by McDermott Remodeling – Facebook
This Cardinals-themed basement has a bar, pool table, mini wine cellar, and game-watching area. When touring the space, you’ll instantly know who the owner is rooting for because of the Cardinals logos on the back of the bar stools. Team memorabilia is proudly on display near the pool table, and pennants decorate the walls next to the TV.
#8: Royals Fan Cave
Attribution: @theDanimal16 – Twitter
Another homeowner is also using their fan cave for a home office. The walls may be a neutral tone, but it’s clear that the homeowner loves the Royal blues. A collection of bats is on display, and a high shelf has player figurines. A display case of baseballs includes a foul ball the owner caught at his first Royals game in 1970.
Do You Want to Make an MLB Fan Cave in Your Basement?
Whether you’re rooting for the red or blue, the first step for any basement renovation is installing basement waterproofing. Don’t invest time and money into making a baseball fan cave without protecting your memorabilia, belongings, and decor from water damage. Plus, when you reduce moisture, you’ll also improve air quality, making it a comfortable room where you want to spend time, watch games, and entertain.
Do you want to transform your basement into the ultimate fan cave? Get started with a free basement inspection from the basement and foundation experts at Foundation Recovery Systems.