With a new stadium and team name, Sporting Kansas City should deliver plenty of excitement in 2011. Sporting Kansas City tickets enable fans to enjoy some top flight professional soccer action.
Sporting Kansas City Tickets: Historical Overview
Sporting Kansas City is one of the ten original franchises in Major League Soccer (MLS). Prior to the 2011 season, the team was known as the Kansas City Wizards. The arrival of a new stadium led the organization to change the club's name to Sporting Kansas City.
From 1996-2007, the Wizards played at Arrowhead Stadium. Since 2008, the team has competed at CommunityAmerica Ballpark (capacity of 10,385). On June 9, 2011, Sporting Kansas City is set to make its debut at the new Livestrong Sporting Park (capacity of 18,500). The soccer-specific venue should bring some renewed energy to the franchise in the years to come.
Overall, the Wizards have made nine appearances in the MLS playoffs. In the last 15 years, the team has averaged a little more than 10,000 fans per game at home.
Sporting Kansas City Tickets: Memorable Highlights
From 1996-2004, the Kansas City Wizards missed the playoffs on just two occasions. In 1997, the club recorded a first-place finish in the Western Conference standings before losing in the quarterfinals of the MLS playoffs.
Three years later, the Wizards once again finished on top in the conference during the regular season. This time, Kansas City was able to reach the MLS Cup for the first time. In a matchup against the Chicago Fire in Washington D.C., the Wizards won the championship with a 1-0 victory. Miklos Molnar scored the only goal in the contest for Kansas City. On defense, goalie Tony Meola took home the MVP honors for the Wizards by posting ten saves in a shutout performance.
In 2004, Kansas City recorded another first-place finish in the West standings. The team returned to the MLS Cup in a battle against D.C. United. At Carson, California, Kansas City lost the match by a count of 3-2.
In terms of individual standouts for the franchise, Meola is the all-time leader in shutouts while Preki tops the Wizards in goals (71) and assists (98).
Sporting Kansas City Tickets: 2011 Schedule
Led by captain Davy Arnaud, Sporting Kansas City will try to end a two-year playoff drought in 2011. This season, the club's home slate will feature 17 exciting games, and you won't want to miss snagging your set of Sporting Kansas City tickets!