Sorry. This isn’t going to be a real estate post. It could be an investing post. Since OnGoal LLC purchased the Wizards last fall there have been some player and coaching changes. OnGoal LLC is hoping to do what the previous ownership (Lamar Hunt) wasn’t able to do. Get a soccer specific stadium built in Kansas City to help the Wizards succeed here.
Last night the Wizards came into their home opener 1-1. They won the game 3-0 by waxing a pretty poor Toronto FC. Announced attendance: 7,438.
Even by MLS standards, this is pretty darn low. Now, if you live in Kansas City you know we had one monster rain storm last evening. Precisely why the attendance wasn’t at lest 7,441. No way I was taking my boys out to sit in that kind of rain. (For all you that think soccer is boring, at least they still play in the rain….I’m just not going to sit in it!)
Everywhere soccer specific stadia have been built in the USA attendance has jumped. KC can get 16,000-19,000 out at Arrowhead. Do you know what that looks like in Arrowhead? But build a soccer specific 22,000 seat stadium and you’ll create an atmosphere. A demand for tickets. A good time. Look at Columbus, LA, Dallas, etc. You might say that DC United thrives in RFK. And you would be right. I used to love going to games there. But DC has 3 times the population of KC, at least 2 times the money and 2 times the immigrants.
Congratulations on the win last night, Coach Onalfo. Let’s hope the city can get behind you and the boys and go to Arrowhead and build a new stadium. I fully understand that the funds should mostly be private as there is no way any jurisdiction is going to build a stadium for soccer when they would just barely approve improvements for the Chiefs and Royals.
Even though the Wizards are Kansas City’s last National Champions in 2000. Think about that.