The Kansas City Current has officially broken ground on its landmark new stadium, which will be the first purpose-built National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) venue in the US.
The stadium will have a capacity of 11,500 and is scheduled to open in time for the 2024 season. The soccer-specific facility is being built at Berkley Riverfront Park and the Current commenced work on the project last week.
The stadium, which will cost $117m (£106m/€121m) to build, ties in with the wider plan to transform the riverfront area. The groundbreaking ceremony was free for the public to attend and featured live music, food trucks, player appearances and a fireworks display.
As part of a 50-year lease agreement with Port KC, the stadium will be built on a 7.08-acre site on the east end of Berkley Riverfront Park in Kansas City, in partnership with primary design and construction partners Generator Studio, JE Dunn and Monarch Build.
The Current released new renderings for its amended vision of the stadium earlier this year. Initial designs were first revealed in October last year, and the club’s leadership has since been working to create a “state-of-the-art” facility.
Fans are already able to reserve their seats for the 2024 NWSL season with a new stadium membership.
The membership will provide access to all pre-season, regular-season and NWSL Challenge Cup matches played at the stadium, as well as exclusive year-round member-only events and benefits that will be announced at a later date.
Last month, the Current appointed Levy as the food and beverage partner for the stadium as more renderings were revealed.
The Current said it will work with Levy to craft a “one-of-a-kind” food and beverage experience, showcasing local vendors at the downtown stadium. Fans can also expect a flexible and unique experience that features many ways to access food and beverage based on their own preferences, including mobile ordering and self-service, among other tech-driven hospitality initiatives.