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|Zach| 04-08-2013 10:20 PM

Forbes | Sporting Park: One of America's Best Sporting Experiences
Sporting Park: One of America's Best Sporting Experiences

From a consumer’s perspective, Sporting KC is among America’s best sporting experiences.

Bold statement? Perhaps, and not one that would likely apply to sports fans who cannot stand soccer.

But when you consider all the things that make a person’s complete consumption experience at a sporting event enjoyable and memorable, Sporting KC takes a back seat to few within the professional sports realm.

And from a broader perspective, the Kansas City region (both in Missouri and Kansas) is slowly seeing the economic fruits of its various regional development projects.


On March 30th, we attended a Saturday night match-up between Sporting KC and Montreal Impact. A highly anticipated affair given that Montreal came into the match with an unbeaten 4-0 mark, facing a home side that was the defending 2012 Eastern Conference champions.

We had some inkling as to what kind of afternoon/evening we were in store for based on my previous experience at the facility for the USA v Guatemala World Cup qualifying match in October 2012. But whereas nationalistic spirit was on display that night, what we were treated to on this night was Blue Heaven.

There are numerous attributes that comprise a consumer’s total sports experience:

- Facility

Sporting Park is first-rate, and it is no surprise that USA Soccer is heading back there October 11th for their final home World Cup qualifier versus Jamaica.

An open-air facility, Sporting Park is architecturally designed such that most if not all the seats are covered from the elements. Furthermore, this design traps fan noise within the facility…creating more of a home field advantage.

My co-author herein, a former Division I soccer player who has attended numerous professional soccer matches both in the United States and in Europe including the 2006 World Cup in Germany, noted that the stadium is as good as he has seen for a stadium of its size…and that includes stadiums that have hosted World Cup matches and important club competitions.

- Fans

Boisterous, engaged, united, and educated. What more can you ask for.

Walking into the stadium, numerous people had scarves and jerseys representing the team’s colors. The atmosphere felt like a proper soccer match…almost as if attending a professional match in Europe.

Additionally, most of the more ardent supporters had chants memorized which permeated throughout the stadium. Given the crowd noise throughout the match, many media members were shocked that the attendance wasn’t greater than the reported 18,609 in attendance.

- Complementary consumer activity

Conveniently built next to the Legends Outlets, Warren Buffet-owned Nebraska Furniture Mart, Cabela’s outdoor recreation merchandise and outfitter, and the Kansas Motor Speedway, there are countless ways to entertain oneself and make a full afternoon/evening of it.

- Ease of transportation

Though a 15-minute drive west of downtown Kansas City, the facility is less than 2 miles off Interstate 70. And since crowd sizes are between 18-20 K, traffic before and after games is highly manageable.


Long known for their tasty barbecue, the elegant Plaza, and home to rabid Chiefs football fans, the Kansas City region has become a better destination for out-of-town visitors/events thanks to a myriad of both urban developments (Power and Light District most notably) and sports facilities (Kansas Motor Speedway, Sprint Center, and Sporting Park).

There is no doubt, however, that the success of Sporting KC in recent years has led to the additional visibility associated with the U.S. National Team performing in K.C.

In 2011 and 2012 respectively, Sporting KC averaged 17,810 and 19,404 fans…among the league’s best. And in light of all the factors that build upon a fan’s high-quality sporting experience, combined with the decided home-field advantage that Sporting KC enjoys at Sporting Park in part due to its loyal supporters, it is no surprise that this facility has become a must-have on Team USA’s home qualifying schedule.

And why a trip to Sporting Park is a must-see sporting spectacle. Certainly if you are a soccer fan, and more generally, for sports consumers who simply appreciate a superior sports consumption experience.

Mother****erJones 04-08-2013 10:24 PM

Suck it Jerry Jones!

Big Smoke 04-08-2013 11:22 PM

Stop flaunting your asshole |douche|

AussieChiefsFan 04-08-2013 11:25 PM

Awesome. One day Ill make it to both Arrowhead and Sporting Park, and that will be a good day.

BryanBusby 04-09-2013 01:11 AM

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|Zach| 04-09-2013 01:27 AM


Originally Posted by BryanBusby (Post 9570352)
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Hammock Parties 04-09-2013 01:31 AM

There would be literally 0 soccer talk here, a forum about all kinds of different sports, if Zach didn't shit it all over us. He is the only one posting this garbage.


BryanBusby 04-09-2013 01:34 AM


Originally Posted by |Zach| (Post 9570356)


teedubya 04-09-2013 01:37 AM

How much are tickets typically, Zach? I've taken my son with 2 free tickets once... I'd like to take my wife, son and daughter to a game... the first time we went, we had fun.

Titty Meat 04-09-2013 01:48 AM


|Zach| 04-09-2013 01:58 AM


Originally Posted by teedubya (Post 9570364)
How much are tickets typically, Zach? I've taken my son with 2 free tickets once... I'd like to take my wife, son and daughter to a game... the first time we went, we had fun.

If you are doing the family thing the "south stands" is prob the best way to is GA but more family friendly than the Cauldron 25ea or so. Hit me up if you need me to facilitate that the sooner the better.

Often times around 1k more people attend games than there are seats.

|Zach| 04-09-2013 01:59 AM


Originally Posted by Bo's Pelini (Post 9570368)


something cooler 04-09-2013 02:00 AM

I really should check it out. Want to kinda.

|Zach| 04-09-2013 02:04 AM


Originally Posted by something cooler (Post 9570380)
I really should check it out. Want to kinda.

Good times.

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Hammock Parties 04-09-2013 02:05 AM

God that's ****ing awful. That's a professional sporting event? Seems like a ****ing lame ass high school game.

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