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U.S. Soccer National Training Complex to begin construction by summer

February 26, 2015

The construction of the new U.S. Soccer National Training Center complex in Kansas City, Kan., is scheduled to begin in late spring or early summer, and the area expects a lot of benefits from the development.

The complex will be on 40 acres southeast of Parallel Parkway and 98th Street, donated by owners of the adjacent Schlitterbahn Water Park, and on an additional 127 acres northeast of 94th Street and State Avenue.

The developers and Unified Government will begin marketing STAR Bonds in the next month and the district could generate an estimated $295.5 million worth of sales tax revenue bond financing, according to Unified Government figures. STAR bonds are a Kansas economic development tool first used for the Kansas Speedway project in Village West in 1998 and they provide up-front cash for tourism-related developments and are repaid with sales tax revenue generated by the projects.

While construction at the site hasn’t started, a lot of work has been done since the announcement on the complex last summer. Chase Simmons, outside counsel for the project with the Polsinelli Law Firm, said engineers and site planners have been working to get from concept designs to final layouts and cost estimates.

“We’ve made some great progress,” Simmons said.

The $75 million-plus soccer village will provide a state-of-the-art environment to develop players, coaches and referees of all ages. The facility proposed will include approximately 100,000 square feet for an indoor facility with a practice field, eight lighted professional smart fields and eight youth fields. Additional features will include a climate-controlled indoor pavilion and specialized facilities tailored toward strength and nutrition, hydration, sports science, health and wellness, video and analytics. The complex is projected to house the National Training and Coaching Development Center, an athlete training and performance analytics campus and national youth soccer development programs.

The complex will also feature a 125-room full-service hotel . It will also house a variety of U.S. national team training camps and will potentially bring opportunities for Sporting Park to host matches for the men’s and women’s national teams at the youth and senior levels.

The U.S. Soccer National Training Center is currently located in Carson, Calif., in the StubHub Center complex.

The announcement made last summer that the complex would be built in Kansas City, Kan., was made by Sporting Club CEO Robb Heineman along with Gov. Sam Brownback and representative from the local Unified Government.

“This is a great opportunity for us to continue to grow soccer in Kansas City and further establish being the soccer capital of America,” Heineman said in a statement last summer. “To us, this is equivalent to bringing another sports franchise here, with the ultimate goal of helping the United States win the World Cup through youth soccer development, coaching training, advanced sports science and world-class facilities.”

The development is expected to have an economic impact exceeding $1 billion on the state of Kansas over 30 years, according to figures from the Unified Government. The construction of the complex is expected to create more than 244 full-time-equivalent jobs while the annual operations of the facilities is expected to create 529 jobs.


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