- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On December 14, 2007
- 2 Comments
In what could be said a good day for the MLS and for the Kansas City Wizards, as they have nearly wrapped up a stadium deal. Last night the Kansas City, Missouri City Council unanimously approved the city’s portion of a $949 million redevelopment project at the site of a former mall (roughly $273 million). Included in this project is an 18,500-seat soccer stadium as well as 12 tournament-quality soccer fields.
The only thing left is to get state funding and from what I hear around KC, the state is likely to back up any deal and provide the proper funding for this project to go through as most in the state government are backing this project up.
After all the many years in an oversize NFL stadium and the next two years in a minor league baseball stadium, the Wizards can finally put this to rest for the most part.
Kansas City hopes to open their 2010 season in the new stadium, which is about 8 miles from downtown. No actual renderings of the stadium have been released. See a previous article on here about the KC stadium situation to see the renderings of the entire project.
Weird to think that the Wizards of all clubs are getting a stadium of their own before the crown jewel of the league, DC United. I know DC’s reason are political based but still, as we all know they should have had a stadium long before the Wizards.
This is really great news for the Wizards and for their longevity in the city of Kansas City. I really felt for some time that if they didn’t get a stadium deal in place in the next year or so that they would be on the move out of KC. Now, I don’t believe that will happen and that is a good thing. We don’t need another MLS original to go away.