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Sporting KC nominated for two awards

Sporting Kansas City received two nominations for Street and Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily’s 2012 Sports Business Awards, which were announced Monday.

Kansas City’s Major League Soccer franchise was one of five teams nominated as Sports Team of the Year. Spoting recovered from a 1-6-3 start during a 10-game road trip, won the Eastern Conference regular-season title and was host to the conference final.

“It’s a great testament to all the (high-) quality people we have working in our organization and our ownership group,” Sporting KC CEO

Robb Heineman

said. “It’s the sort of nomination and type of award we as an organization strove for.”

The Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins also were nominated as the team of the year along with the American League champion Texas Rangers, Stewart-Haas Racing and the Dayton Dragons, the Cincinnati Reds’ Class A affiliate, which set an all-time pro sports record with 843 consecutive sellouts last season.

Sporting KC’s 9-month-old facility, Livestrong Sporting Park, which opened in June and became the first major-sport stadium in American history to donate its naming rights to charity, is among four nominees for Sports Facility of the Year.

The others venues are the Amway Center in Orlando, the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans and the Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale, Ariz.

“It’s kind of hand in glove,” Heineman said. “With all the things we’ve done with rebranding and the relaunch of our product in conjunction with the new stadium, I’m not sure one could have gotten done without the other.”

The winners in those categories and 15 others will be announced May 23 at an awards ceremony at the New York Marriott Marquis at Times Square.