Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City, MO
Sporting Kansas City's training center was dedicated July 13, 2007 in front of dignitaries from throughout Kansas City along with the team's ownership, players, coaches and officials. Located at 63rd and Lewis Rd. in Kansas City's historic Swope Park (the second largest municipal park in the country), the facility is the product of a unique public-private partnership between the Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department and Sporting Club, the parent organization of Sporting Kansas City.
Completed in only four months, the facility was immediately hailed as one of the finest in Major League Soccer and on par with some of the best in the world. The privately financed $5 million building and soccer fields provide the most professional environment possible for players, with over 7,800 square feet of facility space and three soccer fields. The 7,000 square-foot main structure houses the players and technical staff, and the adjacent storage building houses the turf maintenance equipment. Features of the main building include: a large locker room and lounge for the players, treatment and hydrotherapy areas, a cardio and weight training room as well as equipment and laundry facilities. It also houses the offices, meeting, and locker rooms for the technical staff and field operations staff.
The training center received two awards in its first six months of operation. The contractor, Meyer Brothers Building Company, received an "Excellence in Construction Award" in 2007 from the Heart of America Chapter of the Associated Builders & Contractors. The KC Parks and Recreation Department also honored the facility with a prestigious "Commissioners Award" in 2007. In 2008, the training center was a finalist for a Cornerstone Award in the "Redevelopment" category from the Kansas City Economic Development Corporation.
Sporting completed the second phase of construction on the facility in late March of 2008 with the conversion of Field 3 into an all-weather lighted synthetic turf field. Sporting Club partnered on the project with FieldTurf Tarkett, FIE-LDS Inc., MUSCO Lighting and The United States Soccer Foundation to develop this world-class addition to the complex. The new field serves Sporting Kansas City, the Sporting KC Academy, numerous community outreach programs supported by Sporting Club as well as the AYSO-affiliated Brookside Soccer Club. Thanks to programs like Verano MLS and Night Kicks, Field 3 has been available to soccer enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds.
In 2013, a $13.44 million expansion was approved to usher in a new era at the Swope Soccer Village. A natural grass championship field with seating for 1,500 opened within four months of breaking ground and served as the site for the Big 12 Soccer Championship in November. The Big 12 Conference's top eight teams will return in 2014 for the annual women's postseason tournament with West Virginia University defending their 2013 title.
Five new full-sized synthetic surface fields will be built in 2014 to bring the total numbers of field within the complex to nine. The development will also provide additional infrastructure updates, including new restroom, concession and storage amenities. The existing training center will be expanded by approximately 3,000 square feet and improvements will be made to the two original grass fields. For all the latest, follow @SwopeSoccer on Twitter.
Sporting Soccer Village
6310 Lewis Road
Kansas City, MO 64132