Since its June 2011 opening, Kansas City's LIVESTRONG Sporting Park has become one of America's premier soccer venues. In its short history, the venue has already hosted CONCACAF Gold Cup and 2014 World Cup Qualifying tourney games, Olympic soccer qualifiers, and a friendly for the U.S. Women's National Team. Adding to that soccer pedigree, yesterday Major League Soccer announced the home of Sporting KC will host the 2013 MLS All Star Game.
This year's edition will be played on July 31 and will be shown on ESPN and TSN in Canada. The opponent to square off against the MLS All Stars hasn't been announced yet but past games have featured clubs like Celtic, Manchester United, and Chelsea. Recent past host venues of the game have been Philadelphia's PPL Park (2012) and Red Bull Arena (2011) in Harrison, New Jersey.
The $200 million facility was designed by POPULOUS and seats 18,467 for soccer. The facility was designed with the ability to expand, if ever deemed necessary. Sporting's CEO Robb Heinemann has mentioned he would like to see 7,000 seats added to LSP. Sporting KC's Vice President of Development, David Ficklin, elaborated on how exactly that can be done in an interview with Sporting KC fan blog, Footy Chronicles.
This will be the first All Star Game in Kansas City, and leaves the New England Revolution and FC Dallas as the only two original MLS clubs to have never hosted an All Star Game. In addition, Seattle Sounders FC, Vancouver Whitecaps, and Montreal Impact are the other clubs yet to have hosted the exhibition.