Children's Mercy Park recognized as a top tourist attraction in state of Kansas

Children's Mercy Park fireworks - full stadium

Children's Mercy Park, the world-class home of Sporting Kansas City, was recognized on Wednesday at the Kansas State Capitol in Topeka as one of the most popular tourist destinations across the Sunflower State in 2018.

Arrivalist, a travel technology company, and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism announced Children's Mercy Park among the Top 11 most visited attractions for visitors traveling more than 50 miles during "Destination Statehouse," an annual event hosted by the Travel Industry Association of Kansas.

Sold-out crowds filled Children's Mercy Park for all 19 MLS matches held at the state-of-the-art venue in 2018, including nine that aired on national television partners ESPN and FS1. In addition, Children's Mercy Park hosted a Tournament of Nations doubleheader featuring the women's national teams of the United States, Japan, Brazil and Australia.

International soccer will return in 2019, beginning with Sporting Kansas City's season opener on Feb. 21 against Mexican club Toluca in the Concacaf Champions League and continuing this summer with a Concacaf Gold Cup doubleheader on June 26 featuring the U.S. Men's National Team.

Tickets are now on sale at for both events and supporters can also buy single-game tickets to the club's first eight MLS home matches, beginning with Fan Appreciation Day against the Philadelphia Union on March 10 and ending with a marquee matchup versus Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the LA Galaxy on May 29.