After years of playing in cavernous Arrowhead and sardine-tight CommunityAmerica Ballpark, on June 9 Sporting Kansas City finally opened a stadium all there own. Livestrong Sporting Park opened with KC taking on Chicago in front of a more-than-capacity crowd of 19,925.
Before June 9, KC were 2-6-3 with the playoffs but a faint flicker in the distance. Since, the club are 5-1-6 (4-1-4 at home) and right back in the mix.
Here are some interesting figures and numbers about the last two months.17,810
Average attendance at LSP through 9 games. (These numbers are tickets sold, not fans in seats -- which is why the team can announce that the Real Salt Lake game was a sell-out when nobody at the game or watching it on TV would make that claim.) A sell-out at CommunityAmerica was just a little under 11,000.6
Players who have scored multiple goals since June 9 -- Omar Bravo (4), Graham Zusi (3), Kei Kamara (3), Aurelien Collin (2), CJ Sapong (2) and Teal Bunbury (2). Before the opener, only Kamara (3), Bunbury (3) and Bravo (2) had multiple goals.
Goals scored in LSP by Omar Bravo, the most on the team.4
Clean sheets earned by Jimmy Nielsen in this stretch -- three of them at home.21
Points KC have earned since the home opener.0
Number of road games Kansas City has lost since opening the new stadium. There are only three more left on the season.24
Points KC earned at home in 2010; Sporting has 16 this year with 8 home matches remaining.