Olathe/OP grab the Wizards and build them a Stadium

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Re: Olathe/OP grab the Wizards and build them a Stadium

Postby staubio » Mon Jan 15, 2007 2:24 pm

GRID wrote:^ Yes, I was just saying the stadium in LA is nice and it's used all the time for events, even events other than soccer.  JoCo missed the boat.

Yea, but he's not supposed to play till the second half of the season.  I don't see them scheduling KC during the second half if we have to use a high school stadium, it would be a waste.  But I don't know...


Good point.  You might be right.

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Re: Olathe/OP grab the Wizards and build them a Stadium

Postby mykem » Wed Jan 17, 2007 6:51 am

I still think washington square park would be a great location for the new soccer stadium. And it might help union station as well.

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Re: Olathe/OP grab the Wizards and build them a Stadium

Postby staubio » Wed Jan 17, 2007 10:37 am

mykem wrote:I still think washington square park would be a great location for the new soccer stadium. And it might help union station as well.


Though I'd love to walk to games, that location is too valuable to consume for the sake of 20-30 events per year.  I'd love to see some reclaimed floodplain in Riverside or some empty land in the West Bottoms get used.

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Re: Olathe/OP grab the Wizards and build them a Stadium

Postby LenexatoKCMO » Wed Jan 17, 2007 10:42 am

staubio wrote: or some empty land in the West Bottoms get used.


Tear the roof off Kemper and call it an outdoor soccer stadium perhaps?  :D

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Re: Olathe/OP grab the Wizards and build them a Stadium

Postby chingon » Wed Jan 17, 2007 11:06 am

I think Washington Square park is the coolest outdoor space dowtown.  I'd (personally) hate to give it to any pro sports team. I think the inner Northland would be agreat place for an MLS stadium and youth soccer field combo.

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Re: Olathe/OP grab the Wizards and build them a Stadium

Postby kard » Wed Jan 17, 2007 11:19 am

Would a stadium fit in Washington Square Park?
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Re: Olathe/OP grab the Wizards and build them a Stadium

Postby KC0KEK » Wed Jan 17, 2007 1:02 pm

LenexatoKCMO wrote:Tear the roof off Kemper and call it an outdoor soccer stadium perhaps?   :D


Interesting idea. Kinda like ripping the roof off of a mall to create an open-air shopping center. Could Kemper fit an MLS-size field? And would it be cost-effective to convert Kemper to that use?

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Re: Olathe/OP grab the Wizards and build them a Stadium

Postby kcmetro » Wed Jan 17, 2007 1:06 pm

KC0KEK wrote:Interesting idea. Kinda like ripping the roof off of a mall to create an open-air shopping center. Could Kemper fit an MLS-size field? And would it be cost-effective to convert Kemper to that use?


Kemper couldn't fit an MLS field. You'd have to rip 3 sides out and it wouldn't be worth the expense. Like trying to fit the KS Speedway inside Arrowhead.  :lol:

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Re: Olathe/OP grab the Wizards and build them a Stadium

Postby KC0KEK » Wed Jan 17, 2007 1:24 pm

So an MLS field is significantly larger than an AFL field?

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Re: Olathe/OP grab the Wizards and build them a Stadium

Postby kcmetro » Wed Jan 17, 2007 1:26 pm

KC0KEK wrote:So an MLS field is significantly larger than an AFL field?


Yes, much larger.

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Re: Olathe/OP grab the Wizards and build them a Stadium

Postby mykem » Wed Jan 17, 2007 1:31 pm

Kard wrote:Would a stadium fit in Washington Square Park?
That was one of the proposed locations for a ballpark.
chingon wrote:I think Washington Square park is the coolest outdoor space dowtown.  I'd (personally) hate to give it to any pro sports team. I think the inner Northland would be agreat place for an MLS stadium and youth soccer field combo.
I understand that giving up green space in an urban enviroment is a "no no", but penn valley park is just a short distance away.

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Re: Olathe/OP grab the Wizards and build them a Stadium

Postby LenexatoKCMO » Wed Jan 17, 2007 1:31 pm

KC0KEK wrote:So an MLS field is significantly larger than an AFL field?


bah - just rip out the first several rows of seats and build up the field level with dirt.  :lol:

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Re: Olathe/OP grab the Wizards and build them a Stadium

Postby KC0KEK » Wed Jan 17, 2007 1:32 pm

^^ That also would make it ideal for tractor pulls!

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Re: Olathe/OP grab the Wizards and build them a Stadium

Postby chingon » Wed Jan 17, 2007 1:35 pm

I understand that giving up green space in an urban enviroment is a "no no", but penn valley park is just a short distance away.

I would be completely cool with putting it in Penn Valley Park.  I think KC has plenty of green space already, and I'm not a firm believer in absolute no-no's.  I'm just especially partially to Washington Square Park.

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Re: Olathe/OP grab the Wizards and build them a Stadium

Postby bahua » Wed Jan 17, 2007 1:46 pm

Tear down Bannister Mall. Build soccer field. Done.

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Re: Olathe/OP grab the Wizards and build them a Stadium

Postby mykem » Wed Jan 17, 2007 1:51 pm

I'm just trying to find away to fill the void of this city not pursuing a dt ballpark. It would be a lose, lose situation for both the team, and the city if they decided to build this soccer stadium at Bannister. I think this team, along with the city would benefit if it were near crown center.

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Re: Olathe/OP grab the Wizards and build them a Stadium

Postby KCFutbol » Wed Jan 17, 2007 1:52 pm

KC0KEK wrote:So an MLS field is significantly larger than an AFL field?


A soccer field is larger than a football field. Usually 110 - 120 yds long x 68 to 75 yards wide. A football field is only 53.33 yards wide.

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Re: Olathe/OP grab the Wizards and build them a Stadium

Postby bahua » Wed Jan 17, 2007 2:06 pm

I don't think there's anywhere near downtown with enough available space.

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Re: Olathe/OP grab the Wizards and build them a Stadium

Postby kcmetro » Wed Jan 17, 2007 2:09 pm

bahua wrote:I don't think there's anywhere near downtown with enough available space.


Doesn't Penn Valley park have enough space?

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Re: Olathe/OP grab the Wizards and build them a Stadium

Postby KCMax » Wed Jan 17, 2007 2:16 pm

mykem wrote:I'm just trying to find away to fill the void of this city not pursuing a dt ballpark. It would be a lose, lose situation for both the team, and the city if they decided to build this soccer stadium at Bannister. I think this team, along with the city would benefit if it were near crown center.



I don't think a soccer stadium belongs downtown. There are what, 10-15 home games? It would be empty the rest of the year. No thanks. I wouldn't mind if it were on the other side of the river somewhere.
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