Economy
8:00 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Announcement On National Soccer Training Center Expected Wednesday

Collaborative efforts between the Sporting Kansas City soccer club, the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan., and the state of Kansas for a national soccer training center appear to be complete.

A “major announcement” is set for Wednesday night at Sporting Park with Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback expected to be in attendance, state officials said in a release Tuesday.

It will precede Sporting KC’s exhibition match against England’s Manchester City club.

The announcement of a partnership between Sporting KC and U.S. Soccer on the development of a soccer facility came out in April 2013. During the World Cup tournament, Robb Heineman, one of the Sporting KC team owners, said the deal between all the parties was “very close” to being completed and an announcement was imminent.

The new National Training and Development Center would be designed to construct a facility that would be called a “premier destination in the U.S. for player, coaching and referee innovation.” The projected cost of the facility is $50 million.