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Kansas City’s $117M Made-For-Soccer Stadium Nearly Complete

  • A $1.24 billion economic impact is projected for the stadium, which will host World Cup matches in 2026.
  • Kansas City's stadium is the first in the U.S. to be purposefully built for women's professional sports.
The stadium is the world's first built for professional women's sports.
Courtesy of the Kansas City Current.

The NWSL’s Kansas City Current have added the final construction beam to their new stadium, the first in the U.S. purposefully built for women’s professional sports. 

The stadium — which carried a $117 million budget — will be open for the Current’s first home match next season. It’s projected to bring a $48.8 million annual economic impact to Kansas City by 2025, as well as a $1.24 billion long-term boost in anticipation of hosting World Cup events in 2026.

“The World Cup, as everyone knows, that’s such a big thing for any city, any region, and I love the fact that the Kansas City Current facilities will play a big role in that,” KC Current owner Chris Long told KSHB-TV. 

Long is the founder of Palmer Square Capital Management, a boutique investment firm that manages $22 billion in assets focused on corporate and structured credit. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes acquired a stake in the Current in January, joining an ownership group that already included his wife Brittany, a former college soccer player. 

The NWSL team currently shares Children’s Mercy Park with MLS club Sporting Kansas City. In May, the Current set a new home attendance record when 12,969 fans showed up for a match against San Diego. 

Kansas City’s new downtown stadium is located at Berkley Riverfront Park with a seating capacity of 11,500. The Current also opened their own privately funded $18 million training facility last year.

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