Shawnee Mission District Stadium

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Verizon Wireless Field at Shawnee Mission District Stadium
Location 7401 Johnson Drive
Overland Park, Kansas
Owner Shawnee Mission School District
Operator Shawnee Mission School District
Capacity 6,150
Surface Multi-use artificial surface
Opened 2005
Tenants
Shawnee Mission North High School
Shawnee Mission Northwest High School
FC Kansas City (2013–)
Sporting Kansas City (2008)

Verizon Wireless Field at Shawnee Mission District Stadium is a multi-purpose sport stadium located in Overland Park, Kansas. The facility is primarily used by Shawnee Mission North High School, Shawnee Mission Northwest High School and Shawnee Mission East High School, as well as FC Kansas City of the National Women's Soccer League. Sporting Kansas City, then called the Kansas City Wizards, played at the stadium in a match against the Colorado Rapids during the 2008 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.[1][2]

The stadium is one of two in the Shawnee Mission School District. The other is at Shawnee Mission South High School.

Stadium[edit]

After demolition of the stadium originally built in the 1950s, the current stadium was built in 2005. The turf was refinished in 2006. The stadium features a 6,150 seating capacity, multi-use artificial surface with a track around it, and seating on each sideline.[3]

In February 2013, team president, Bud Budzinski, announced that the stadium would be the home field for the FC Kansas City Blues for the inaugural season of the National Women's Soccer League, a new professional women's soccer league in the United States. It is the third largest stadium in the NWSL after Jeld-Wen Field in Portland, Oregon, home of the Portland Thorns and Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester, New York, home of the Western New York Flash.[4]

In May 2013, it was announced that the playing field would now be known as Verizon Wireless Field due to a partnership with Verizon Wireless. [5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "FC Kansas City to Play at Shawnee Mission North". Down the Byline. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "Kansas City Wizards Qualify for Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Round of 16". WIBW. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "FC Kansas City announces home venue". Equalizer Soccer. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "FC Kansas City calls Shawnee Mission District Stadium home". Kansas City Business Journal. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "FC KANSAS CITY PARTNERS WITH VERIZON WIRELESS". Retrieved 23 August 2013. 

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Coordinates: 39°01′17″N 94°40′16″W / 39.021358°N 94.67113°W / 39.021358; -94.67113