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 Chiefs
While the season ended just short of another title, the Kansas City Chiefs have solidified their place as a dominant force within the NFL. The team is sure to return with more big victories and eye-popping plays next season—and in the meantime, track down some of the most spirited displays of Kansas City's Chiefs fandom all around the area.
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. Training camp opens on Feb. 1, with the regular season beginning in mid-May.
Kansas City Royals
Opening Day is right around the corner, with the Kansas City Royals beginning their season against the Texas Rangers at Kauffman Stadium on Thursday, April 1. Spring Training starts next month, with the first game at 2:05 p.m. CT on Saturday, Feb. 27, against the Rangers at Surprise Stadium.
The Royals recently announced Mike Matheny’s coaching staff for the 2021 season, including the return of Rusty Kuntz and the addition of Tony Peña, Jr. Read more news from the Royals and secure your tickets for the season.
Sporting Kansas City
Major League Soccer recently announced the start of the 2021 season to take place on Saturday, April 3, leading into a full roster of 34 regular season matches for Sporting Kansas City.
With the return of Alan Pulido for a full season, plus the addition of up-and-coming midfielder Remi Walter and several Sporting KC Academy products to the roster, the team is poised for success as the new season begins.
Looking for more news from Sporting KC? Read 21 reasons to look forward to the club’s 2021 season.
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.