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WPSL team Kansas City Shock announces plans for development of community soccer facility

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 5:18pm EDT

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Wednesday, Sept. 4 | Kansas City - In the second wave of releases for Project#813, the Kansas City Shock is announcing the development of a community soccer facility in the Kansas City Northland.

Working with the same designers as the Overland Park Soccer Complex - FTE Architecture - the Shock is set to begin developing the facility in the Spring of 2014. The fields will come in phases, beginning with one centralized field and later adding more as time goes on.

Located nearest to Smithville, Mo., use of the facility will be largely geared towards the community as a centralized location for clubs and recreation teams from towns in the area. As the facility grows, so will its uses and applications for the rapidly growing communities in the Northland.

"Kansas City is a beacon of hope for what soccer can become for a community," said Shock CEO Shawn Daugherty. "Areas such as Overland Park and Lee's Summit have done a tremendous job introducing the game at a community-based level. We are merely attempting to do our part by reaching into an area that hasn't had its true potential tapped into."

Among factors like the Kansas City International Airport being given the green light to begin the process to renovate, new highways being built, shopping meccas like Zona Rosa, and a booming housing market, the population and development in the communities north of Kansas City is skyrocketing.

A new shopping center 12 miles south of the Shock facility at Metro North is slated to be completed by 2015, as well as the Twin Creek Watershed project, which is estimated to bring in another 70,000 residents to the area over the next 20 years.

This growth trend is rapidly picking up momentum, and the Shock's facility will serve as an open hub for teams and clubs coming into the area and will grow in size in tandem with the community.

"This is definitely not a moment that is designed to amplify and boast the Kansas City Shock," continued Daugherty, "this is a moment where we get to be a part of transforming Kansas City into the soccer capital of America."

The timelines for each phase have yet to be finalized, though the Shock hopes to begin construction in the Spring.

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