Women’s Pro Soccer to Build Stadium Near Downtown KC

Oct. 26, 2021

Owners of the Kansas City NWSL, along with Port KC, announced on Tuesday plans to build a stadium specifically designed and constructed for a professional women’s soccer team.

The estimated $70 million stadium will be the first built in the U.S. to be constructed specifically for a women’s soccer team.

With an anticipated finish date in 2024, construction is expected to begin in spring or summer 2022. Kansas City NWSL owners Angie Long, Chris Long and Brittany Matthews said in Tuesday’s announcement that the stadium will be built along the Missouri riverside, on a parcel of land on the east end of the Berkley Riverfront.

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

Design and construction partners include Kansas City-based Generator Studio, JE Dunn and Monarch Build. The project will be privately financed through the ownership group, according to Tuesday’s announcement.

“The goals for reclaiming our long-neglected riverfront have been bold but clear – develop a connected, accessible, vibrant and diverse neighborhood,” said 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.”