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Soccer Helps Drive Comeback In Kansas City, Kansas

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.

I’ve been at KCUR almost 30 years, working partly for NPR and splitting my time between local and national reporting. I work to bring extra attention to people in the Midwest, my home state of Kansas and of course Kansas City. What I love about this job is having a license to talk to interesting people and then crafting radio stories around their voices. It’s a big responsibility to uphold the truth of those stories while condensing them for lots of other people listening to the radio, and I take it seriously. Email me at frank@kcur.org or find me on Twitter @FrankNewsman.
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