NWSL team Kansas City Current have settled into their new home as the first bespoke women’s sports stadium has opened its doors. 

In the past, Kansas City players would change into their kit in the car park – there wasn’t even a changing room.

However, on Saturday 16 March, the new purpose-built stadium saw its home team beat Portland Thorns in a nine-goal thriller in the opening match of the season.

Spending $200 million on 75 acres of land and construction for a stadium shows that the recent surge in popularity of women’s sports is more than just a temporary trend; it is a significant movement.

From now on, young girls and all children will have a completely new experience and Kansas City Current are part of this revolutionary change.

Vlatko Andonovski, the former leader of the U.S. Women’s National Team, and now head coach at Kansas City, expressed his excitement about the new stadium.

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He acknowledged the significance of this event and shared his pride in being a part of it.

The team made their debut at CPKC Stadium, the first stadium in the world built specifically for women’s soccer, and under the blazing Missouri sun 11,500 fans took their teal-coloured seats to watch on.

On the day, 16 year-old Alex Pfeiffer also made her own history as the youngest goal scorer in National Women’s Soccer League history.

The KCC forward scored alongside Vanessa DiBernardo, Beatriz Zanaretto João and Kristen Hamilton, while Sophia Smith and Janine Beckie scored two goals each for the Thorns.

In an impressive display, the Kansas City Current triumphed over the Portland Thorns with a final score of 5-4, matching the league’s record for most goals scored in a single match.

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