Kansas City’s National Women’s Soccer League team has announced plans for the league’s first purpose-built soccer stadium that would be located along the city’s riverfront with a cost of approximately $70 million.
Kansas City NWSL owners Angie Long, Chris Long and Brittany Matthews made the announcement 10 months since the group was awarded a franchise that was relocated from Salt Lake City, Utah.
With final designs still in development, the project will be privately financed through the ownership group with the team signing a 50-year lease for a 7.08-acre site on the east end of the Berkley Riverfront in Kansas City, Missouri.
“From the beginning, our vision has been to create a player-first experience, and facilities for our team that match not only the elite level of these incredible athletes, but also the passionate support of the Kansas City metro and our fans,” said Chris Long. “We believe this significant investment and commitment will shape a stronger future for our entire region and our athletes.”
Primary design and construction partners include Kansas City-based Generator Studio, JE Dunn and Monarch Build.
“The goals for reclaiming our long-neglected riverfront have been bold but clear – develop a connected, accessible, vibrant and diverse neighborhood,” said Port KC President and Chief Executive Officer Jon Stephens. “Anchoring a dynamic facility such as this on the downtown riverfront and connecting it to the heart of our city with the KC Streetcar, trails and green space not only solidifies our commitment, but also proves that there is no better place for our community and the world to gather.”
It is the latest in a series of major investments for the team. The announcement follows previously released plans for a privately-funded $15 million training facility in Riverside, Missouri and plans to play home matches during the 2022 season at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas, home of Major League Soccer’s Sporting KC.
“World-class facilities have proven to be a catalyst in transforming all professional sports,” said Angie Long. “Tremendous momentum exists in women’s sports specifically, and we are so proud to play a major role in ensuring the sport and also our region benefit from the economics and growth offered by a stadium of this magnitude.”