Soccer

Kansas City to get 1st stadium in U.S. for women's sports

The owners of Kansas City's professional women's soccer team announced Tuesday they plan to build a $70 million US stadium for the team. Construction on a 11,000-seat facility reportedly will begin next spring or summer, with the stadium ready for use by 2024.

11,000-seat, $70M US facility to be privately financed, be ready for use by 2024

Owners of Kansas City's professional women's soccer team announced Tuesday plans to build an 11,000-seat facility, the first purpose-built stadium for the National Women's Soccer League, at Kansas City Riverfront. (KC NWSL/Twitter)

The owners of Kansas City's professional women's soccer team announced Tuesday they plan to build a $70 million US stadium for the team.

The stadium for Kansas City NWSL will be the first built in the United States specifically for a women's soccer team.

Kansas City NWSL owners Angie Long, Chris Long and Brittany Matthews announced the 11,000-seat stadium will be built along the Missouri River close to downtown Kansas City. It will be privately financed.

Construction is expected to start next spring or summer, with the stadium ready for use by 2024, The Kansas City Star reported. Kansas City NWSL (National Women's Soccer League) had previously announced plans to build a $15 million training facility in the Kansas City suburb of Riverside.

The team's final match of its inaugural season will be played on Saturday at Legends Field in Kansas City, Kansas. The team plans to play next year at Children's Mercy Park, which is the home of Sporting KC of the MLS.

"World-class facilities have proven to be a catalyst in transforming all professional sports," said 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."

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