Sporting Kansas City (formerly the Kansas City Wizards, but that didn’t sound soccer enough) opened their new $200 million Livestrong Sporting Park yesterday, after spending nearly the first three months of the season on the road. And if you’re wondering what you can get in a soccer stadium for $200 million — nearly double what was spent on the Philadelphia Union‘s stadium — apparently it’s this:
More than 330 high definition televisions will be placed around the stadium, the first MLS park fully equipped for HDTV.
In the plush home locker room, players will sit on $5,000 seats imported from Spain. The seats are equipped with power docks so they can access information during halftime. The spacious media room where postgame interviews will be conducted is right next to a large bar and food area. Fans will be able to look through the glass partition to see the interviews while the audio is piped to them.
And what do those fans think of it? The game was a sellout, but according to the Kansas City Star, not everybody is planning a return trip:
During halftime, the soccer match still scoreless, fans began trickling out of the new stadium. Dominic Jones was one of those who headed for the exit. He carried a poster tube; its contents would be delivered to Jones’ daughter.
“I just wanted to come here and get the feel of it,” said Jones, 36. “It’s something for fans to be proud of. But when it’s all said and done, it’s not football.”
In other news, someone dressed as a cow ran onto the pitch during the match’s waning minutes and kicked a ball into the goal. Other than that, it was a 0-0 tie. It sure isn’t football — except for, you know, it being football.