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Kansas City Current leads growing women’s soccer league

Kansas City Current leads growing women’s soccer league

Elementary school-aged girls play soccer throughout southwest Missouri. All of the high schools in Springfield have girls teams, as do Missouri State, Drury and Evangel universities. As women’s soccer continues to grow in popularity, Kansas City has a new venue that is setting both city and league records.

The Kansas City Current have a new home in the world’s first stadium built for a professional women’s sports team. CPKC Stadium has a capacity of 11,500, and according to Kansas City Sports Talk Radio, there is already talk of expanding capacity. The league has awarded the 2024 championship game to Kansas City to showcase the new stadium.

The stadium is named after the Canadian Pacific and Kansas City Southern Railway (CPKC). At the June 28th game, every time the Current scored a goal, a locomotive horn was blared in celebration. The stadium opened on March 16th of this year and every game to date has been sold out.

The U-shaped stadium sits on the Missouri River, just west of the Christopher S. Bond Suspension Bridge. During the June 28 game, a Current player took a shot on goal that flew up and out of the stadium and eventually floated down the river – another unprecedented occurrence.

At a time when professional sports teams need public money to finance their venues, CPKC Stadium, which cost around $120 million, was almost entirely privately funded. All of the stadium’s vending machines are entirely local. The team’s ownership is also local. Brittany and Patrick Mahomes are part owners and attend many of the games. There are plans to develop the Kansas City waterfront with apartments, restaurants and shops near the stadium. Eventually, Kansas City’s new streetcar will connect the stadium to the UMKC/Brookside neighborhood.

The NWSL is the national women’s soccer league, which consists of 14 teams but will soon expand to 16 teams. With the win on June 28, Current has gone 17 consecutive games unbeaten since last season, a league record. The winning streak ended on July 6 when Current lost a narrow 2-1 away game in Orlando, but the league record of 17 consecutive games without a loss still stands.

There are 26 regular season games plus playoffs. The regular season runs from March 16 to November 3, followed by the playoffs. Each team has 28 roster spots, including three goalies. In the opening game on March 16 at the new stadium, 16-year-old Alex Pfeiffer scored the game-winning goal.

This year, season tickets are sold out, but individual game tickets are available. Ticket and team information is available online at kansascitycurrent.com.