Women's Football

Kansas City make history with first stadium built specifically for NWSL

Lizzy Becherano
Kansas City build first NWSL-specific stadium
Kansas City build first NWSL-specific stadium / Amy Kontras/ISI Photos/GettyImages

Kansas City’s NWSL side made history by announcing its plans to build the first stadium specifically made for a women’s soccer team. 

The $70m stadium is set to be located at the east end of the Berkley Riverfront, in the heart of the city. 

KC NWSL has teamed up with Port KC for the project, which will be entirely privately financed through the ownership group. Final designs and details are still in development. 

Franchise owners Angie Long, Chris Long and Brittany Matthews have expressed their commitment and excitement after being awarded the extension club 10 months ago, reaffirming their word with this new 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,” Chris Long said in a statement.

“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,” Angie Long added.

“It’s really important for us to be here, on the riverfront, in the heart of the city, where Kansas City was born and where all parts of this region come together.”

Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas added to the overall excitement of the announcement. 

“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,” Lucas said. 

Kansas City is currently finishing its inaugural season in the National Women’s Soccer League, playing all home games at Legends Field In Kansas City, Kansas. As the team sits in last place of the table, they have not qualified for playoffs and will subsequently play their last home match at Legends Field on Saturday. 

The team will play all of its home games next season at Children’s Mercy Park, home of Major League Soccer team Sporting Kansas City.