DESCRIPTION: With its award-winning design and technologically advanced features, Children's Mercy Park (formerly Sporting Park) is praised by locals and travelers alike as a breathtaking work of art. Children's Mercy Park is also the proud home of Major League Soccer’s Sporting Kansas City and is located in a thriving and ever-expanding entertainment community known as Village West. This state-of-the-art venue is also a hotspot for major concert tours and championship-caliber events throughout the year.
ADDRESS: One Sporting Way, Kansas City, Kan.
LOCATION: 15 minutes west of downtown at the intersection of I-70 and I-435.
WEB SITE: www.sportingparkkc.com
ADMISSION: Prices vary based upon event and seat location. For more information, call 888-4KC-GOAL or visit Ticketmaster.com.
HISTORY: Marking the completion of the $200+ million venue, 2011 was one of the most significant years in transforming Kansas City into the Soccer Capital of America. Under the creative influence of world-renowned architectural firm, Populous, Children's Mercy Park was uniquely designed to give the impression of movement and motion with notes of urban modernism. The park was also ingeniously constructed to accommodate large non-sports related spectacles. Since its inaugural year the venue has played host to multiple major events such as the Buzz Beach Ball concert series, Farm Aid and the Flatlands Country Music Festival. Crafted to give both diehard fans and casual spectators a one-of-a-kind experience, it was no surprise that Children's Mercy Park also caught international fame, receiving multiple venue design honors including The Stadium Business Venue of the Year Award in 2012.
WHERE TO GET LUNCH: Village West’s 30+ restaurants are sure to appeal to every budget and appetite. Popular favorites include Stix Sushi Bar, Arthur Bryant’s Barbeque and Jazz, A Louisiana Kitchen.
WHAT’S NEARBY: As one of Kansas City’s largest shopping and entertainment destinations, Legends Outlets Kansas City boasts 1.1 million square feet of retail space occupied by popular stores like Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Nike Factory and Polo Ralph Lauren Factory as well as a movie theater and other entertainment options.
DID YOU KNOW: The logo of Children Mercy Park's resident soccer club, Sporting Kansas City, incorporates the Kansas-Missouri state line into the design to represent the division and union of both states. Likewise, the “SC” ligature was inspired by the Spanish architecture of the Country Club Plaza, a major Kansas City landmark.
DON’T FORGET: Check out the Stadium A-Z Guide at http://www.sportingkc.com/childrens-mercy-park/guide to keep up to date on the stadium’s amenities and policies.
GROUP TOURS: Year round, the public is invited to experience the stadium and all it has to offer on a guided tour. Explore the locker rooms and exclusive premium areas, and learn about the intricacies of Sporting Kansas City's home. Tours are $10 per person (minimum of 10 people) and include a free Swope Park Rangers ticket for all kids under 18. Tours last 1-2 hours and not available on gamedays or the day before matches. For more information, email email@example.com.
From the north: Take I-435 South. Exit State Avenue West off I-435 and turn right on Sporting Way.
From the south: Take I-435 North. Exit State Avenue West off I-435 and turn right onto Sporting Way.
From the east: Take I-70 West towards Topeka and exit onto I-435 North (exit 411B). Do not take the first possible I-435 exit, as this is in Missouri. Take the second I-435 exit in Kansas. Exit State Avenue West off I-435 for about a mile and turn right onto Sporting Way.
From the west: Take I-70 East to St. Louis and exit onto I-435 North Exit State Avenue West off I-435 and turn right on Sporting Way
PARKING: Free parking is available at Children's Mercy Park. For more information and directions can be found here.
PUBLIC RELATIONS CONTACT: Kurt Austin, communications manager, 816-516-0577 or firstname.lastname@example.org.