The line of fans, who were mostly sporting Sporting Kansas City blue, winded back and forth and back again overtaking the lobby at Crown Center on Thursday night, where a model of the club’s stadium built from Legos was unveiled.
The event was supposed to end at 6:30 p.m., but in some ways was just getting underway as a result of the crush of autograph-seekers and well-wishers who showed up to meet CJ Sapong, Aurelien Collin, Teal Bunbury, Michael Harrington, Soony Saad, Matt Besler and Graham Zusi.
“It’s a lot different than it used to be with a lot more people paying attention and coming,” said Harrington, who is in his sixth season with Sporting KC. “Soccer is getting popular in Kansas City. There’s no doubt about it, which is a lot of fun to see.”
The Livestrong Sporting Park Lego replica featured videoboards and soccer goals and a roof with similar architectural structure. It took 370 man hours to put together.
“That’s design and building together,” said Jeremiah Boehr, a LEGO master model builder. “It’s over 200 pounds and we’ve got over 500 mini figures in there. It’s all one piece, which is glued and reinforced to be pretty sturdy.”
The Livestrong Sporting Park model will be on display at Crown Center through Tuesday before moving across the street to go on permanent display at Legoland, joining more than 20 other Kansas City landmarks.
“We build it in teams,” Boehr said. “It takes a village to build a mini land, which usually means two to three builders plus a designer. It takes two or three weeks to build each model.”