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KCK: The Next Soccer Capital of the U.S.?

Plans for a world-class soccer complex will put KC on the national map and have a $1 billion economic impact on the city.

Kansas City, Kan., will soon be the home to the U.S. Soccer National Training and Coaching Development Center, a decision that will “undoubtedly transform Kansas City, Kan., into one of the top soccer venues in the nation,” according to Kansas City, Kan., Mayor Mark Holland.

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The $75-plus million, world-class soccer facility will be located on the corner of Parallel Parkway and 98th Street. It will include a 100,000-square-foot indoor facility with a practice field, eight lighted professional smart fields and eight youth fields; a climate-controlled indoor pavilion and specialized centers with tailored focuses such as strength, nutrition and sports science. The complex will also feature a 125-room, full-service hotel for visiting guests.

In addition to the center’s emphasis on developing the best soccer players possible in America, the ultimate goal is to boost U.S. soccer on a global scale and help the United States win the World Cup through youth soccer development and world-class facilities.

The National Training and Coaching Development Center is projected to have an economic impact of over $1 billion for Kansas and Wyandotte County. This will be generated over the next 30 years through a variety of events such as U.S. National Team camps, and men’s and women’s National Teams at the youth and senior levels. – Kathryn Greene