Kansas City NWSL owners Angie Long, Chris Long and Brittany Matthews have announced plans to construct the first soccer stadium purpose-built for a National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) team. 

As KC NWSL and Port KC finalise plans, the project will be privately financed through the ownership group, with the team signing a 50-year lease for Parcel 8, the 7.08-acre site on the east end of the Berkley Riverfront in Kansas City, Missouri. 

The team’s Co-Founder and Co-Owner, Chris Long, commented: “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.

“We believe this significant investment and commitment will shape a stronger future for our entire region and our athletes.”

Primary design and construction partners include Kansas City-based Generator Studio, JE Dunn and Monarch Build

“The goals for reclaiming our long-neglected riverfront have been bold but clear – develop a connected, accessible, vibrant and diverse neighborhood,” added Port KC President and CEO, Jon Stephens.

“Anchoring a dynamic facility such as this on the downtown riverfront, and connecting it to the heart of our city with the KC Streetcar, trails and greenspace not only solidifies our commitment, but also proves that there is no better place for our community and the world to gather.” 

The team currently plays on Legends Field, and Kansas City NWSL also recently announced the construction of a $15 million training facility in Riverside.

“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,” noted Kansas City, Missouri Mayor, Quinton Lucas.

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