FC Kansas City

FC Kansas City will play home games at SM North

Updated: 2013-02-13T20:47:54Z

By SAM McDOWELL

The Kansas City Star

FC Kansas City finally has a home.

Slated to open its inaugural season in just two months, Kansas City’s professional women’s soccer team will play its home games at Shawnee Mission North District Stadium, the team announced Wednesday morning.

FC Kansas City, nicknamed the Blues, is part of the National Women’s Soccer League, which will begin its first season in April.

The Blues’ home schedule will include 12 games — 11 regular-season contests and one exhibition, which team president Brian Budzinski said will likely come against the University of Missouri, Kansas or Nebraska.

At least 11 of those 12 matches will be played at SM North District Stadium, which holds 6,150, making it the third-largest capacity stadium in the eight-team league, behind Portland and Western New York.

In anticipation of a larger crowd for the season opener on April 13, Budzinski said the team is still mulling its options for the site of its inaugural game. More than 1,000 season tickets have already been sold, Budzinski said.

FC Kansas City also engaged in discussions with Sporting Park and UMKC. The team ultimately signed a one-year lease with SM North District Stadium. It will pay about $3,000 per game to play there, Budzinski said.

To reach Sam McDowell, send email to smcdowell@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/SamMcDowell11.

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