[U.S. SOCCER]A facility to house the U.S. Soccer National Training and Coaching Development Center will be build in Kansas City, Kan. Governor Sam Brownback joined Sporting Kansas City local political and business representatives in announcing the plans for the complex that will primarily serve as a center for coaching and refereeing development.
The $75-plus million complex will feature 16 fields and include a 125-room hotel. Additional amenities will include a climate-controlled indoor pavilion and specialized facilities tailored toward strength and nutrition, hydration, sports science, health and wellness, video and analytics.
"Kansas' strong economy and Kansas City's reputation as a tremendous soccer city helped attract this state-of-the-art facility," Brownback said. "As a result, our state will benefit from new jobs, investment and an economic impact that is projected to exceed $1 billion."
The 100,000-square feet indoor pavilion will include courts for beach soccer and futsal. Sporting KC has agreed to build 10 futsal courts in Wyandotte Count as part of its agreement to support youth soccer when it received public support for Sporting Park, which opened in 2011. Funds to pay for the 190-acre village will come from Kansas sales tax revenue bonds.
U.S. Soccer will move its coaching education program to the center.
“This is a great opportunity for us to continue to grow soccer in Kansas City and further establish being the soccer capital of America,” Sporting Club CEO Robb Heineman said. “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.”