KC Stadium Capacity Going Down Again?

KC Stadium Capacity Going Down Again?

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On February 16, 2010
  • 4 Comments
  • Kansas City Stadium, New Wizards Stadium, Stadium Talk

Mike from the always solid KC Wizards blog Down the Byline has some interesting and upsetting news about the new Wizards stadium capacity possibly being lowered yet again.

Why is it upsetting? Well if you’re a Wizards fan it has to be troubling to hear the stadium has gone from 20,000 when the first stadium site was considered to 19,000, to 18,500, to 18,000 and now down to possibly 16,500. (Big thing to keep in mind that number may not include stadium suites and the document that is linked on Down the Byline no longer works so we are taking this at his word now.)

In a way the number that is being tossed around here today isn’t all that terrible though. Even though it is upsetting to hear their capacity keeps lowering one has to wonder if the club really needs a 18-20,000 seat stadium anyways. Its not like they’ve exactly set the league on fire in terms of attendance in years past (though the argument there could be due to the two venues they’ve played in as well). But it does have to be upsetting to be promised a number and then it not be reached.

The question now becomes is 16,500 too small for a MLS club? Honestly it is but at this point beggars can’t be choosers huh? I’m curious to see if the number goes back up once the suites are included (if they weren’t already). I think if they can find a way to get the number back to at least 17,000-17,500 they’ll be fine and won’t face too much backlash for a “smaller” venue.

So what do you think? Will it be troubling if the capacity ends up being that 16,500 figure? Is that too small for a MLS club right now?

  • Peter C

    Simply put, 16,500 is too small. 18,000 OK.

  • culeeero

    If the stadium is designed in a way that allows for expansion in the future… why not? From the looks of renderings, I'd bet they could tear the roof off of one side and put on a second deck without too much problem.

    The issue has always been where the money goes. Wizards will own their own place, won't be renting, will have a legitimate soccer atmosphere, and can rent the place out to others to supplement their income. None of those things cease to exist just because they dropped 2000 seats.

  • dan

    He posted a new post later yesterday correcting his information, he apparently got more information that the size isn't decreasing again.

    http://www.downthebyline.com/2010/02/update-to-

  • dan

    He posted a new post later yesterday correcting his information, he apparently got more information that the size isn't decreasing again.

    http://www.downthebyline.com/2010/02/update-to-