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First Women’s Soccer Stadium Announced

Kansas City NWSL
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Women’s professional soccer made head-waves today.

Kansas City NWSL made a historic announcement Tuesday morning, announcing plans to build the first-ever stadium to purposely house an NWSL team. This means Kansas City NWSL will be the first women’s professional sports team in the world to receive their own stadium.

“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,” spoke Chris Long, Co-Founder, and Co-Owner. “We believe this significant investment and commitment will shape a stronger future for our entire region and our athletes.”

The First Women’s Stadium Plans

The cost of the new stadium is an estimated $70 million. The club’s ownership group will fund the entire project privately. The group includes Chris Long, his wife Angie Long, and Brittany Matthews, fiancee to Kansas City Chief’s quarterback, Patrick Mahomes.

The club has signed a 50-year lease for their spot in Kansas City’s up-and-coming Riverfront area.

Kansas City NWSL is partnering with local groups Generator Studio, JE Dunn, and Monarch Build for design and construction. The design plans the companies have already put forward are stunning. The new site will be sure to rival many of the soccer stadiums already built in the US.

Just last month, the team also announced a brand new $15 million training facility. The facility will also be privately funded by the ownership group.

Paving The Future

Kansas City Mayor, Quinton Lucas, hopes this will further shine a light on women’s professional sports. “As a sports fan and a father, I am so proud that Kansas City will make history in having a world-class facility dedicated to women in sport and that the project will be a centerpiece of our beautiful riverfront redevelopment.”

Co-Founder and Co-Owner, Angie Long, also spoke. “World-class facilities have proven to be a catalyst in transforming all professional sports. 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.”

At the team’s press conference earlier today, Brittany Matthews also announced that the team will inherit a new name. That announcement will be made at halftime this Saturday when Kansas City NWSL takes on OL Reign.

Women’s professional soccer has long deserved this type of substantial investment. Today’s announcement is proof that women’s soccer just needs the right support from innovative club owners in order to advance.

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