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Kansas City boss Heineman excited about new stadium

Kansas City Wizards president Robb Heineman is excited about the new stadium the club will use once it is completed in 2011.

The $400 million Village West campus will include offices for 4,000, an amateur soccer complex and the city's first high quality ground and Heineman told Soccer365 that it will do plenty for the sport in Kansas.

"I think it's a long time coming. Everybody's very happy to see the first shovel dug last week and they're out movin' dirt today, so I think we're well on our way and excited about the plan we've got in front of us," he said.

"Having this level of soccer-specific assets in Kansas City is going to be huge, not just for the Wizards, but for the entire community. Having a 20-field soccer complex connected to an 18,500-seat stadium gives a real opportunity to vertically integrate the game within the community

"We're focused on creating a membership-type model here in Kansas City that starts at the youngest age when you have an opportunity to play in our club, and have that opportunity maybe at some point in the future to don the senior kit and play for the Wizards."

Heineman said it would also be great for producing talent from a young age that can come through the ranks and represent the Wizards in years to come.

"At the top of the pyramid, that's the goal. But there's a very well-conceived youth system here in Kansas City," he added further.

"It's not our intention to step on their toes with those clubs that have done such a good job in Kansas City historically. It's really just giving additional assets to the community to help grow the game, and then we've got the ability to use our coaches or organization to train some of those players at the highest level. That's great, too, but in general we just really want the game to grow in Kansas City."

Andrew Slevison
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