Kansas City is the Soccer Capital of America

In a city that’s as passionate about sports as Kansas City, it only makes sense that locals have embraced a rapidly growing soccer culture that’s become an integral part of the regional sports scene. Plus, with the addition of a new, state-of-the-art training facility, KC has taken its rightful place as the national leader in soccer development.

See how KC has become the soccer capital of the United States:

Crazed Fans and Championship Traditions

KC’s resident soccer club is Sporting Kansas City, a two-time MLS Cup champion (2000, 2013) that plays home matches at Children’s Mercy Park. Games are a sight to be seen thanks to the masses of chanting, singing and flag-waving fans, making the Sporting experience one of the hottest tickets in town.

Sporting also touts four U.S. Open Cup championships, tied for most in league history. It’s this winning tradition that fuels locals’ passion for soccer and their hometown team. Their affiliated USL club, the Swope Park Rangers, also takes the pitch at Children’s Mercy Park, where they’re greeted with equal enthusiasm.

Not to mention the Kansas City Comets, a popular Major Arena Soccer League team that plays in Independence's Silverstein Eye Centers Arena.

State-of-the-Art Facilities

Children’s Mercy Park stands out as one of the finest sports structures in the city. However, it’s the new Pinnacle National Development Center that combines athletic science with player, referee and coach training into a single world-class facility.

The center, which was developed in collaboration between U.S. Soccer, Children’s Mercy and Sporting KC, is the training home for Kansas City’s MLS soccer team and houses the U.S. Soccer National Development Center and the Children’s Mercy Sports Medicine Center at Village West. Pinnacle also hosts national teams and clubs from all around the world, with amenities including five soccer fields, a sports performance lab, workout facilities and more.

Other soccer setups shine in Kansas City as well. Swope Soccer Village and the Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex regularly hosts local leagues and regional tournaments throughout the year.

Big-Time Events

When it comes to hosting a large-scale athletic event, Kansas City has no problem pulling out all the stops.

It’s hosted the MLS All-Star Game, several Big 12 Soccer Championships and the NCAA Division III Soccer Championships, further proof that regardless of the age level or the stakes on the line, KC is the country’s most vibrant and thriving destination for soccer fans.

World Cup 2026

With a soccer fan base as passionate as the one in Kansas City—and not to mention the world-class training facilities—it comes as no surprise that the City of Fountains is a possible landing spot for match play during the 2026 World Cup. 

Much is still to be decided, but you can sign the petition to help bring the internationally beloved competition to the heart of the country in a veritable showcase of all KC has to offer. 

Kelli O'Hara, Broadway star in concert

Kelli O’Hara is one of the biggest stars on Broadway, and her work in film, television, and opera have made her acclaim even greater. The Tony Award winner will bring her unique mix of classicism and show business to Kansas City for selections from Broadway and the Great American Songbook.

Hugh Jackman

Academy Award®-nominated, Golden Globe and Tony Award-winning performer, Hugh Jackman will bring The Man. The Music. The Show to Sprint Center on Oct. 13. You will see Jackman performing hit songs from The Greatest Showman, Les Misérables and more from Broadway and film, accompanied by a live orchestra.

Paul Childres Concert in the Caves

Blending Pop, R&B, and Soul, Paul Childers is leading a new breed of Singer/Songwriters and Guitarists. Paul finds a way to blur the lines cast between Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix styles of guitar playing, a Motown rhythm section, and Pop vocal melodies. He is returning to the caves for another epic show! 

B-Side mini 2019

We're celebrating our second annual music festival - in a teenier way!
Join us Oct. 4th First Friday for B-Side Mini!
Acts include our house band I Threw a Chair, Winny Wallet and the Workshop, and local musician Sean Groff.
Inside the gallery we will be showing many mini works, small doodles, sculptures and more.
Big thanks to Brewery Emperial for providing the event with beverages!

Merriam Drive Live!

Downtown Merriam will transform into a street and lawn party full of music on two stages, food trucks, adult beverages and a Cornhole Tournament. Performers include: Four Fried Chickens & a Coke; Red Guitar; Stolen Winnebagos; Fast Times and Noe Palma. Enjoy this annual music fest for FREE in downtown Merriam.

Brahms’ Fourth and Bach’s Fantasia

Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center
Jason Seber, David T. Beals III Associate Conductor
Paul Jacobs, organ
J.S. BACH/ELGAR Fantasia and Fugue in C Minor
MICHAEL DAUGHERTY Once Upon a Castle for Organ and Orchestra
BRAHMS Symphony No. 4

Finlandia and Schumann’s Piano Concerto

Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center
Michael Stern, conductor
Martin Helmchen, piano
SIBELIUS Finlandia
R. SCHUMANN Piano Concerto
DANIEL KELLOGG The Golden Spike (Kansas City Symphony commission, world premiere)
SMETANA “Blaník” from Má vlast

The Medical Arts Symphony of Kansas City Fall Concert

The Medical Arts Symphony of Kansas City includes physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, healthcare students, as well as other musicians from the Kansas City area.  This fall concert will include: The New World Symphony - Dvorak , Fanfare for the Common Man – Copeland, Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Cello, s Gion Overture - Jose Gonzalez Granero