Soccer fans, mark your calendar for Thursday, June 9.
That's the night when Sporting Kansas City will open its new, $180 million, soccer-specific stadium against the Chicago Fire.
Major League Soccer announced details of home openers for all 18 clubs on Monday, including Kansas City's home opener in the KC Soccer Stadium in Village West across from Kansas Speedway in western Wyandotte County.
Sporting Kansas City, which will spend the early part of the season on the road while the new, 18,500-seat stadium is completed, will play its first game of the 2011 MLS season at Chivas USA on Saturday, March 19. Kansas City also will play Chicago in the Fire's home opener on Saturday, March 26.
KC Soccer Stadium will also serve as site for a 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup doubleheader on June 14.
The full 2011 MLS schedule will be released in early February.
Sporting Kansas City's new stadium features a canopy roof that will cover every seating section and includes a 2,016-square-foot high-definition video board on the south end and a 550-square-foot high-definition video board on the north end.
The supporters section has a capacity of 2,000 seats and is complemented by a Supporters Club, the first of its kind in MLS, and one of five club spaces throughout the stadium.
Season ticket packages for 2011 begin at $14 per seat and are available as part of a holiday ticket special with no payment due until February. Interested individuals can purchase their 2011 season tickets and tour the KC Soccer Stadium at www.SportingKC.com/VirtualVenue or by calling 888-4KC-GOAL.