Kansas City’s CPKC Stadium to host NWSL Championship game

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Kansas City Current’s new CPKC Stadium is to host this year’s 2024 NWSL Championship just months after opening.

CPKC Stadium, the world’s first football stadium purpose built for a women’s professional team, will stage the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) season finale in November.

The 11,500-capacity venue opened in March 2024 on the Berkley Riverfront near downtown Kansas City. It cost $117m (£95m/€110m).

“CPKC Stadium epitomises the explosive growth and investment we are witnessing in the NWSL, women’s soccer and women’s sports around the world,” said NWSL commissioner Jessica Berman.

“It was a natural choice to stage the league’s marquee event in a venue that exemplifies the profound impact of infrastructure, investment and community support on the continued development and success of our sport. We thank the KC Current organisation for their partnership in bringing this event to their community and look forward to celebrating the 2024 season finale in November.”

CPKC Stadium to welcome back Fan Fest

For the third consecutive season, NWSL attendance has surpassed one million fans, breaking this mark earlier in the season than ever before. Broadcast viewership to date is up 95% from the 2023 season. 

A variety of events will surround this year’s championship game, including the return of Fan Fest.

“We are so excited to host the world at our home,” said Kansas City Current co-founder and owner Angie Long. “CPKC Stadium is the first stadium built for moments like these. We are excited to show everyone the unparalleled match experience in a stadium for players, fans and those watching on TV. It is an honour to host the NWSL Championship and Kansas City is ready for the moment.”

Kansas City Current recently announced plans for a wide-ranging mixed-use district around the venue.

Building upon the opening of the stadium, the team has now partnered with Palmer Square Capital Management, Marquee Development, and the Port Authority of Kansas City (Port KC) to unveil plans for the next phase of the development on the Missouri Riverfront.

The next phase will add more than $200m in private funding, with all phases of the development exceeding $800m in total investment. The project will break ground at the end of 2024 and it is hoped work will be finished by 2026, when Kansas City will be a host city during the FIFA World Cup.