Children's Mercy Park

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Children's Mercy Park
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A Sporting Kansas City game in 2011
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Children's Mercy Park
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Children's Mercy Park
Location in the United States
Former namesLivestrong Sporting Park (2011–2013)
Sporting Park (2013–2015)
AddressOne Sporting Way
Location Kansas City, Kansas
Coordinates 39°07′18″N94°49′25″W / 39.1218°N 94.8237°W / 39.1218; -94.8237 Coordinates: 39°07′18″N94°49′25″W / 39.1218°N 94.8237°W / 39.1218; -94.8237
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OwnerKansas Unified Development, LLC.
OperatorSporting Kansas City
Capacity 18,467 (soccer) [1]
25,000 (concerts)
Record attendance21,650 Sporting Kansas City vs. Real Salt Lake, MLS Cup 2013
Field size120 yd × 75 yd (110 m × 69 m)
SurfaceLatitude 36 Bermuda Grass
ScoreboardTwo Panasonic Video Boards
24 by 84 feet (7.3 m × 25.6 m)
12 by 24 feet (3.7 m × 7.3 m) [2]
Construction
Broke groundJanuary 20, 2010
OpenedJune 9, 2011
Construction cost$200 million [3]
($223 million in 2018 dollars [4] )
Architect Populous [5]
Project managerLANE4 Property Group [6]
Structural engineer Thornton Tomasetti/KH Engineering Group [7]
Services engineerM-E Engineers, Inc./FSC Inc. [7]
General contractor Turner Construction [8]
Tenants
Sporting Kansas City (MLS) (2011–present)
Swope Park Rangers (USLC) (2018–present)
FC Kansas City (NWSL) (20152017)

Children's Mercy Park is a soccer-specific stadium in Kansas City, Kansas, United States, and is the home of Sporting Kansas City. The stadium is located near Kansas Speedway and it opened during the 2011 season of Major League Soccer on June 9, 2011 with a match against the Chicago Fire. [9] The stadium has a seating capacity of 18,467 seats, which can expand to 25,000 for concerts. Most SKC games attract around 21,000 because of different stadium modes. [3] The stadium is Sporting Kansas City's third home venue; then known as the Kansas City Wizards, the team played in Arrowhead Stadium from 1996 to 2007 and CommunityAmerica Ballpark from 2008 to 2010. In 2013, the stadium hosted the MLS All-Star Game, the United States men's national soccer team, and the MLS Cup, three of the most prestigious matches in the United States, and is the only stadium to host all three in the same year. [10]

Soccer-specific stadium Type of sports stadium

Soccer-specific stadium is a term used mainly in the United States and Canada to refer to a sports stadium either purpose-built or fundamentally redesigned for soccer and whose primary function is to host soccer matches, as opposed to a multipurpose stadium which is for a variety of sports. A soccer-specific stadium may host other sporting events and concerts, but the design and purpose of a soccer-specific stadium is primarily for soccer. Some facilities have a permanent stage at one end of the stadium used for staging concerts.

Kansas City, Kansas City and County seat in Kansas, United States

Kansas City is the third-largest city in the State of Kansas, the county seat of Wyandotte County, and the third-largest city of the Kansas City metropolitan area. Kansas City, Kansas is abbreviated as "KCK" to differentiate it from Kansas City, Missouri, after which it is named. It is part of a consolidated city-county government known as the "Unified Government". Wyandotte County also includes the independent cities of Bonner Springs and Edwardsville. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 145,786 residents. It is situated at Kaw Point, which is the junction of the Missouri and Kansas rivers.

Sporting Kansas City Association football club in Kansas City, Kansas, USA

Sporting Kansas City, often shortened to Sporting KC, is an American professional soccer club in Kansas City, Kansas, with its main office and historic location in Kansas City, Missouri. The club competes as a member of the Western Conference in Major League Soccer (MLS), having returned in 2015 after spending ten seasons in the Eastern Conference.

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History

Initial planning

Originally, Sporting Club, the team's ownership group, planned to move to southeast Kansas City, Missouri on land previously occupied by Bannister Mall. The redevelopment plan, called The Trails, was passed on December 13, 2007. [11] The last package of economic incentives, a $30-million tax rebate, was passed on November 21, 2008.

Sporting Club

Sporting Club, formerly "OnGoal, LLC", is a group of Kansas City investors that owns or represents a portfolio of athletic organizations under the Sporting Club umbrella. Its flagship property is Major League Soccer franchise Sporting Kansas City.

Kansas City, Missouri City in western Missouri

Kansas City is the largest city in the U.S. state of Missouri. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city had an estimated population of 491,918 in 2018, making it the 38th most-populous city in the United States. It is the central city of the Kansas City metropolitan area, which straddles the Kansas–Missouri state line. Kansas City was founded in the 1830s as a Missouri River port at its confluence with the Kansas River coming in from the west. On June 1, 1850 the town of Kansas was incorporated; shortly after came the establishment of the Kansas Territory. Confusion between the two ensued and the name Kansas City was assigned to distinguish them soon after.

Bannister Mall

Bannister Mall was a shopping mall in the southeast corner of Kansas City, Missouri opened on August 6, 1980. After nearly 27 years of operation, the mall closed on May 31, 2007. It was originally anchored by Dillard's, JCPenney, The Jones Store, and Sears.

The stadium's planned site had been demolished to prepare the site for infrastructure. It was intended to open in 2011 with a capacity of 18,500 seats. However, fallout from the 2008–2009 financial crisis placed the project on hiatus, and the stadium developer eventually sought to move the new project near the Village West retail center in Kansas City, Kansas, near the Kansas Speedway and CommunityAmerica Ballpark. [12] The developer of The Trails complex sought additional "enhancements" (i.e., borrowing authority) from Kansas City, Missouri, to finance the building of the soccer stadium and its associated amateur soccer complex. However, the city was unwilling to provide the desired financing, leading the developer to seek a new site across the state line.[ citation needed ]

Kansas Speedway is a 1.5-mile (2.4 km) tri-oval race track in Kansas City, Kansas. It was built in 2001 and it currently hosts two annual NASCAR race weekends. The IndyCar Series also held races at the venue until 2011. The speedway is owned and operated by the International Speedway Corporation.

Construction

Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds performed at Farm Aid at Sporting Park on August 13, 2011. Farm Aid 2011 - Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds - Livestrong Sporting Park KCK.jpg
Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds performed at Farm Aid at Sporting Park on August 13, 2011.

In September 2009, the developer asked Wyandotte County and Kansas state officials for permission to use revenues from existing tax increment financing in the Village West area to help finance the soccer complex. [13] On December 17, Sporting KC president, Robb Heineman provided an update on the stadium situation published on team official website and blog, [14] [15] basically putting the Kansas City, Kansas location as final, pending the signature of the final agreements. On December 21, construction machinery was already on the Legends site waiting to break ground on the site. [16] [17] On January 19, Wyandotte County approved the bonds to help finance the stadium, [18] and on January 20, the groundbreaking ceremony happened with Sporting's CEO, Robb Heineman, using heavy machinery to move dirt on the construction site. [19]

Wyandotte County, Kansas County in the United States

Wyandotte County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kansas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 157,505, making it the fourth-most populous county in Kansas. Its county seat and most populous city is Kansas City, with which it shares a unified government. Wyandotte County lies immediately west of Kansas City, Missouri.

Tax increment financing

Tax increment financing (TIF) is a public financing method that is used as a subsidy for redevelopment, infrastructure, and other community-improvement projects in many countries, including the United States. Similar or related value capture strategies are used around the world.

Village West is a $1,200,000,000, 1,500-acre (6.1 km2) retail, dining and entertainment development that opened in 2002 in Kansas City, Kansas. It is located at the intersection of Interstates 70 and 435. Village West is the most popular tourist destination in the state, and has significantly fueled growth in KCK and Wyandotte County.

Inaugural season

The opening match took place on June 9, 2011, as Sporting played the Chicago Fire to a scoreless draw in front of an over capacity crowd of 19,925. [20] The first goal would come days later during the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup when Dwayne De Rosario converted a penalty kick for Canada against Panama. Sporting's first goal came from C. J. Sapong in a 1–0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes, the club's first victory in the stadium. Sporting would finish its first regular season in the stadium with a 9–2–6 record at home. Average attendance was 17,810 for the year, or 96.4% of capacity.

2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup

The 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup was the 11th edition of the CONCACAF Gold Cup competition and 21st CONCACAF regional championship overall in CONCACAF's fifty years of existence. The United States was the host nation.

Dwayne De Rosario Canadian soccer player

Dwayne Anthony De Rosario is a Canadian professional soccer player, who plays as a forward or as an attacking midfielder. De Rosario currently plays for the Mississauga MetroStars of the Major Arena Soccer League. A versatile attacker, he played for the Toronto Lynx, FSV Zwickau and Richmond Kickers early in his career. He came to prominence in the 2000s playing in Major League Soccer for the San Jose Earthquakes, Houston Dynamo, Toronto FC, New York Red Bulls and D.C. United. A four-time MLS Cup champion, he also won the 2011 MLS Most Valuable Player award. He is the seventh-leading scorer in MLS history with 104 goals.

Canada mens national soccer team mens national association football team representing Canada

The Canada men's national soccer team represents Canada in international soccer competitions at the senior men's level officially since 1924. They are overseen by the Canadian Soccer Association and compete in the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF).

2012–present

In the stadium's second season, Sporting KC averaged an attendance of 19,404, 105% of its capacity. That year, Sporting KC made it to the playoffs, but lost to the Houston Dynamo in the conference semifinals. However, Sporting KC did win the US Open Cup by defeating the Seattle Sounders.

In 2013, Sporting KC once again raised their average attendance. Because of their 2012 US Open Cup win, they qualified for the CONCACAF Champions League, and played games both in the MLS and in CONCACAF. Children's Mercy Park was also host to a World Cup qualifying match between the United States and Jamaica with an attendance of 18,467, where the United States shut out Jamaica 2–0, and the 2013 MLS All-Star Game between A.S. Roma and the MLS All-Stars with an attendance of 21,175, where A.S. Roma beat the All-Stars 3–1. Sporting KC set an attendance record of 21,650 in the playoffs when they defeated the Houston Dynamo 2–1 to advance to the MLS Cup Finals against Real Salt Lake, Sporting won in penalty kicks, the second final in two years to be hosted at Children's Mercy Park.

Also in 2013, it was announced that the 2014 through 2018 NCAA Division II Football Championships would be played at Children's Mercy Park, moving from Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Alabama. It was also announced that the 2015 NCAA College Cup would be played at Children's Mercy Park. [21] [22]

In 2015, the stadium hosted FC Kansas City's home opener against fellow NWSL side Sky Blue FC. [23] [24] The stadium also hosted two FC Kansas City matches in 2016, once again serving as the team's secondary stadium. [25] [26]

The stadium announced in 2016 that they are adding a Skycam, as well as robo-cams behind the goals and on top of the stadium. [27] [28] [29]

During a CONCACAF Champions League match against Deportivo Toluca F.C. on February 21, 2019, a metal railing overlooking the southwest tunnel broke and caused several fans to fall. Toluca winger Felipe Pardo was injured with a toe fracture because of the railing. [30] [31]

International matches

Children's Mercy Park hosted its first international match with the final Group C matches of the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Canada and Panama played to a 1–1 draw in this match, which was followed by the stadium's first-ever USA match, a 1–0 win over Guadeloupe.

The stadium played host to its first-ever women's match when it hosted the United States women's team in its first match since the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, a 1–1 draw with Canada witnessed by a crowd of 16,191.

Children's Mercy Park played host to the semifinals and final of the 2012 CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifying Tournament. [32]

Men's matches

DateTeam #1ResultTeam #2CompetitionAttendance
June 14, 2011Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 1–1Flag of Panama.svg  Panama 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup 20,109
Flag of Guadeloupe (local).svg  Guadeloupe 0–1Flag of the United States.svg  United States
March 31, 2012 Flag of El Salvador.svg El Salvador U-23 2–3 (AET) Flag of Honduras.svg Honduras U-23 2012 CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifying Tournament 16,101
Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico U-23 3–1 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada U-23
April 2, 2012 Flag of Honduras.svg Honduras U-23 1–2 Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico U-23 10,501
October 16, 2012Flag of the United States.svg  United States 3–1Flag of Guatemala.svg  Guatemala 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification 16,947
October 11, 2013Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2–0Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification 18,467
July 13, 2015Flag of Haiti.svg  Haiti 1–0Flag of Honduras.svg  Honduras 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup 18,467
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1–1Flag of Panama.svg  Panama
October 1, 2015 Flag of Panama.svg Panama U-23 1–1 Flag of Cuba.svg Cuba U-23 2015 CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifying Championship 3,827
Flag of the United States.svg United States U-23 3–1 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada U-23
October 3, 2015 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada U-23 3–1 Flag of Panama.svg Panama U-23 3,755
Flag of Cuba.svg Cuba U-23 1–6 Flag of the United States.svg United States U-23
May 28, 2016Flag of the United States.svg  United States 4–0Flag of Bolivia (state).svg  Bolivia Friendly8,894

Women's matches

DateTeam #1ResultTeam #2CompetitionAttendance
September 17, 2011Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1–1Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada Friendly16,191
October 15, 2014Flag of Guatemala.svg  Guatemala 0–1Flag of Haiti.svg  Haiti 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship 1 3,621
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1–0Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg  Trinidad and Tobago
October 16, 2014Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica 1–0Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico N/A
Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica 6–0Snake Flag of Martinique.svg  Martinique
July 22, 2016Flag of the United States.svg  United States 4–0Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica 2016 Olympics warm-up 12,635
July 26, 2018Flag of the United States.svg  United States 4–2Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 2018 Tournament of Nations 18,467

Stadium naming rights

On March 8, 2011 a partnership with Lance Armstrong's Livestrong Foundation was announced. The club was to donate a portion of revenues, no less than $7.5 million, to the foundation over the course of six years. [33] [34] On January 15, 2013, Livestrong and Sporting Kansas City agreed to terminate the naming agreement. [35] [36]

On November 19, 2015, a ten-year partnership with Children's Mercy Hospital was announced, renaming the stadium to Children's Mercy Park. [37]

Attendance records

The 2013 MLS All-Star Game on July 31, 2013 between the MLS All-Stars and A.S. Roma set a record attendance of 21,175 including standing room only tickets. [38] One week later, Sporting set a new attendance record in a loss against New York Red Bulls on August 3 with 21,304 people. [39] On November 23, 2013, Sporting set the record once again, reaching a fire-code [40] capacity crowd of 21,650 in the Eastern Conference Final win against the Houston Dynamo. [10] Two weeks later, on December 7, the team tied the record in a penalty kick win against Real Salt Lake in the MLS Cup 2013. [41] On June 6, 2015 Sporting set a record for regular season attendance at 21,505 in a 1–0 win over the Seattle Sounders. [42]

Recognition and awards

Winner of the 2012 "Venue of the Year Award" and "Community Award" – TheStadiumBusiness Awards 2012. [43]

One of 4 finalists for "Sports Facility of the Year" – 2012 Sports Business Awards from Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily. [44]

One of 8 finalists for "New Venue Award" – TheStadiumBusiness Awards 2012. [43]

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Notes

1. ^ The 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship served as CONCACAF's 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification

Preceded by
CommunityAmerica Ballpark
Home of the
Sporting Kansas City

2011 – present
Succeeded by
current
Preceded by
CenturyLink Field
Host of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final
2012
Succeeded by
Rio Tinto Stadium
Preceded by
PPL Park
Host of the MLS All-Star Game
2013
Succeeded by
Providence Park
Preceded by
Home Depot Center
Host of the MLS Cup
2013
Succeeded by
StubHub Center
Preceded by
Braly Municipal Stadium
Host of the NCAA Division II Football Championship
2014–2017
Succeeded by
TBA
Preceded by
WakeMed Soccer Park
Host of the College Cup
2015
Succeeded by
BBVA Compass Stadium