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Swope Soccer Village is a soccer complex located within Swope Park in Kansas City, Missouri, first dedicated in 2007 with further renovations completed in 2014. The facility is a public-private partnership between the City of Kansas City’s parks department and Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer, with field reservations managed by the Heartland Soccer Association, a local youth soccer organization. Children’s Mercy Victory Field is the home venue of the Swope Park Rangers of the United Soccer League, as well as Sporting Kansas City’s five youth academy teams.
The complex features nine fields in total: a natural-grass stadium where the Swope Park Rangers play, two natural-grass practice fields for Sporting Kansas City and six artificial turf fields for local youth soccer clubs. The facility has also served as the venue for the Big 12 Conference women’s soccer tournament since 2013, and has hosted the NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s soccer championships, as well as the men’s and women’s Division III championships. In addition, the Missouri high school girls state finals will be played at Swope Soccer Village from 2016-2020.
The current Swope Soccer Village is the result of an expansion that completed in 2014 and cost $13.4 million in city funds.
The soccer complex is located on land that was the practice field for the Kansas City Chiefs before Arrowhead Stadium opened in 1972. Sporting Kansas City, then known as the Kansas City Wizards, broke ground and dedicated their training facility in Swope Park in 2007, with a second phase of construction completed in 2008.
The completed Swope Soccer Village opened in September 2015, with Sporting handing the responsibility of managing the facilities to Heartland Soccer Association. The main stadium had opened earlier, in November 2013, to host the Big 12 women’s soccer tournament.
In January 2015, FC Kansas City of the National Women’s Soccer League had reached an agreement with Sporting to play its home games at the main stadium in Swope and use the training fields. The stadium’s capacity was increased to 3,557 using bleachers the team had purchased for use at Durwood Soccer Stadium, its previous home. FC Kansas City folded after the 2017 season.