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Soccer Helps Drive Comeback In Kansas City, Kansas

Jun 1, 2017

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback helps cut the ribbon on the new Wyandotte Sporting Fields soccer complex
Credit Frank Morris / KCUR 89.3

Kansas City, Kansas officially has a new soccer complex. It is part of a move to bolster the city's position as a soccer capitol.  

Kansas City, Kansas mayor Mark Holland says the city’s new 12-field youth soccer complex near Kansas Speedway is the latest in a long string of development successes. He says 20 years ago before Village West development, which includes the NASCAR track, the Legends mall, the Sporting Kansas City soccer stadium and the Cerner office park, the only commercial development there was a gas station, a liquor store, and a KFC. Now, Holland says the area hosts 11,000 jobs and generates about $20,000,000 in property taxes annually.  

“Wyandotte County is glad to host the fastest growing economy in the state and glad to host the soccer capitol of America for Kansas and the whole metropolitan area,” says Holland.

Holland says KCK will take another step closer to becoming the soccer capitol later this year when a $62 million, indoor soccer training facility opens near the new Wyandotte Sporting Fields.   

Frank Morris is a national correspondent and senior editor at KCUR, a partner in the Kansas News Service. You can reach him on Twitter @FrankNewsman.