What’s New in Kansas City Sports
Kansas City’s robust lineup of athletic events means there’s never a dull moment for fans in the area (or lovers of KC sports all across the country). A recent series of historical nods, roster developments and franchise expansions are all contributing to an athletic atmosphere that is more electric than ever.
Get to know the many teams that call KC home and see what's on the horizon for sports fans in the City of Fountains.
Kansas City Royals
Kansas City's boys in blue have made a splash in their return to Kauffman Stadium. The team has won every series played so far in the regular season, climbing to the top of the American League Central standings.
With additional health and safety measures in place, you can join the Kansas City Royals and experience the new season's electric atmosphere at The K. In the month of April, 10,000 fans are being permitted to attend each home game. Purchase your tickets in advance and check out the Royals' new safety guidelines before you go.
The Royals are back at Kauffman Stadium against the Tampa Bay Rays, April 19-21. Attendance and ticketing information for May home games will be released soon.
Sporting Kansas City
After a successful first match against the New York Red Bulls, Sporting Kansas City is preparing for the season's home opener on April 23. The club will play a full roster of 34 regular season matches between April and November, including 17 home matches at Children's Mercy Park.
After finishing the 2020 season at the top of the Western Conference and making several buzzworthy additions to the team's lineup, Sporting KC is poised for another successful season. Ready to catch the action in person? Here's what you need to know about the club's current safety protocols for match day attendance.
Kansas City Monarchs
Formerly known as the Kansas City T-Bones, KC’s minor league baseball team takes on new historical significance this year with a name change developed in partnership with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.
The move means the Kansas City Monarchs will take the field for the first time since the 1960s, when the name belonged to Kansas City’s renowned Negro Leagues team. The original Monarchs hold a place in history as one of the great baseball teams of any league, winning the inaugural Negro World Series in 1924 and consistently maintaining a roster lined with legends like Jackie Robinson, Satchel Paige, Cool Papa Bell and Buck O’Neil.
Now, the modern Monarchs will play as an ongoing tribute to the original team at the Field of Legends in Kansas City, Kansas. Watch for the signature pinstripes on Opening Day.
Kansas City NWSL
The National Women’s Soccer League awarded an expansion franchise to Kansas City in December, bringing professional women’s soccer back to the Heart of America for the first time since 2017. The team is led by majority female ownership and head coach Huw Williams, who previously served as the general manager of FC Kansas City as they claimed two league championships in 2014 and 2015.
Sporting the KC crest for its inaugural season, Kansas City NWSL will collaborate with a group of soccer experts and local voices to select a permanent name, led by co-owner Brittany Matthews. The team is in the midst of four NWSL Challenge Cup matches, with a regular season schedule coming soon.
2026 World Cup
Diehard fans, first-rate facilities and unmatched watch parties all contribute to Kansas City’s reputation as the leading destination for U.S. soccer, earning it a place as one of the final cities in contention to host matches during the 2026 World Cup.
With FIFA poised to make its selections this year, KC’s soccer scene is sure to receive attention in entirely new ways over the coming months. Show your support by signing the petition to bring World Cup play to Kansas City.