Tuesday, November 14, 2006

KC Wizards get another 'no' vote on soccer stadium

Last Tuesday the voters of Johnson County voted down a ballot proposal to fund a 300-acre youth soccer complex. Although none of the money from that proposal went to the Kansas City Wizards' new stadium, the team pretty much said that no youth fields meant no stadium.

Still, the club went to the Overland Park City Council to see if they would be willing to support using a tax incentive to pay for the new stadium. Overland Park is a city within Johnson County that makes up about half the population of the county.

Anyway, the City Council gave the Wizards a unanimous 'no' vote with a few members saying they are against the stadium even if the financing changes.

This pretty much kills off any hope the team had of placing a new stadium in Overland Park. Talk now turns to Overland's neighbor, the city of Olathe.

Olathe was in the running before the team picked Overland Park. Seeing as Olathe is part of Johnson County, I'm not sure the Wizards will find much more love there.

All and all, it's a bad situation for the team from Kansas City. They need a stadium to make money, but without a deal anywhere near being in place, the best they could hope for is a new home by 2010. That's a long time to be waiting.

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Anonymous VTSoccerFan said...

Why do soccer stadiums always seem to want to attach a large number of soccer fields for "youth soccer"? Isn't just getting a stadium good enough? A stadium, without youth fields in a city center for any team would be great. In my opinion location is much more important than whatever you get by having 10 extra fields for some youth tounaments and camps. No other sport has this hang up. I would rather see stadium developers concentrate on roofs so that we can get the MLS on the Aug. - May calendar and host other events in cold weather months.

7:02 AM  
Blogger Mike H said...

I agree with you VT. I think a covered stadium in a downtown setting would really connect the team with the city. There has been talk of the Revolution building a stadium in Boston, but we'll see if it happens.

As far as youth fields, I think they are attached for a few reasons. First, it is good to have the fields to build a connection to the youth leagues, which is one of MLS's biggest markets. Also, having tournaments hosted by a team is a way to earn good will with future players. However, I also think they fields are used to make the community feel okay with giving the land or money or whatever else to the team.

That said, I don't know why the fields need to be around the stadium. Why not build a stadium in the city and have a 'KC Wizards youth park' in the suburbs? It could serve the same purpose, it just wouldn't have a big stadium in the center.

9:42 AM  
Anonymous VTSoccerFan said...

I like your idea about the field located elsewhere or in the suburbs. Perhaps in close proximity to the Youth Academy.

2:58 PM  
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11:59 AM  

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