The $75 million-plus soccer village will provide a world-class environment to develop players, coaches and referees of all ages. The state-of-the-art facility 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 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. The complex will also feature a 125-room full-service hotel.
The development is expected to have an economic impact exceeding $1 billion on the state of Kansas. The facility will house a variety of US national team training camps and bring opportunities for Sporting Park to host matches for the men’s and women’s national teams at the youth and senior levels. The complex will also feature referee and coach education sessions, and many additional US Soccer events.
US Soccer’s current National Training Center is located in Carson, Calif., in the StubHub Center complex.
This facility is exactly what US Soccer needed. The National Training Center in Carson, California was adequate but it has been clear that US Soccer needs to vastly update its infrastructure in order to compete on the world’s stage. It is also important the Kansas facility is closer to the center of the United States which makes more accessible to talent from around the country. A new training facility does not necessarily translate to success. St.George’s Park in England did not lead to more success of the English National Team. However, it is a step in the right direction. In order for the US to compete on the world stage it needs facilities where it can train players from a young age how to play in the system that the senior teams use. The rewards from this facility will take at least a decade to come to fruition but it will be a investment well worth the wait.