All About the Developing Berkley Riverfront, Including the Exciting New KC Current Stadium
If you have driven across the Kit Bond bridge headed towards downtown Kansas City in the last six months, you can’t miss the CPKC Stadium – future home of the KC Current women’s soccer team. This is the first stadium in the world purpose-built for a women’s professional sports team! The stadium is located in the Berkley Riverfront Park, which is also creating a lot of buzz for the future of downtown KC’s riverfront! Here’s all you need to know about the new KC Current stadium.
From CPKC Stadium Instagram
Tickets and Capacity
The new stadium is on track to be open for the start of the NWSL season in March of this year. It has a seating capacity of 11,500 with flexibility to add on if needed. With a variety of ticket options available, from general seating to premium options and suites, there is something for everyone! All season tickets have already sold out! What an incredible testament to the support Kansas City has for this history-making endeavor.
Food and Drink
If you’re anything like me, half the fun of sporting events is the food and drinks. So fellow foodies will appreciate that the KC Current has partnered with local chefs Megan and Colby Garrelts (Rye KC) to offer fresh seasonal food and beverage options! In addition, you can indulge in the foods offered by Room 39, Waldo Thai, Joe’s Kansas City, Ruby Jean’s Juicery and more! Those fans who opt for premium seating will experience various levels of elevated food and beverage experiences.
from CPKC Stadium Instagram
No tickets, no problem! If you miss your chance to grab a ticket for a match, you can take a quick stroll along the riverfront and belly up to the bar for a drink and a snack at the outdoor viewing area and catch the game on the big screen.
Berkley Riverfront Park
While the new KC Current stadium is being built along the Missouri River, the KC Streetcar Riverfront Extension track is also being laid, which will include a bike and pedestrian-friendly trail. Once completed, this will provide a safe and convenient connection between the Berkley Riverfront Park stadium and the River Market neighborhood/business district. If you decide to walk or bike you can check out the gorgeous murals by five female artists along the heritage trail. Each design features a different aesthetic and message of female empowerment.
Image by Roy Harryman from Pixabay
Whether you head straight to the riverfront or start at the City Market and make your way there via streetcar or pedestrian trail, you will find plenty to do! You can check out the sand volleyball courts, fitness courts, walking trails, a wetlands ecosystem and acres of native grasses and trees. And starting this summer you can pop into the new Beer Garden, “Two Birds, One Stone” and enjoy beers from around the world. The beer garden is a nearly 8,200 square foot, two-story, open structure housed on half an acre and nestled inside “the grove”. Another exciting new tenant is The Origin, a boutique five-story hotel. The hotel is on pace to open this April and the beer garden is slated to open in July. And don’t forget about Bar-K, a unique and fully-staffed dog park, restaurant/ bar and event space which is just a hop, skip and a jump from Berkley Riverfront.
Berkley Riverfront Park is a 17-acre park located on the south bank of the Missouri River between the Christopher S. Bond Bridge and Heart of America Bridge. With support for Port KC, CPKC Stadium will help revitalize the city’s relationship with the Riverfront.
Two very exciting tenants will be The Origin, a boutique five-story hotel, and The Berkley Beer Garden. The beer garden is a nearly 8,200 square foot, two-story, open structure housed on half an acre inside the portion of the park known as the grove.
Port KC is working on creative and efficient ways to address parking, pedestrians and an overall increase in traffic as this area continues to grow. They are exploring multi-modal options that will be safe, innovative, energy-efficient and take advantage of the infrastructure groundwork already in place so that people don’t have to rely on cars and parking garages.
Connecting Our Riverfront for Everyone will physically reconnect Berkley Riverfront with a 0.7-mile extension of the City’s successful Downtown streetcar system – extending from its current terminus near 3rd Street and Grand Boulevard across the existing Grand Avenue Bridge and onto the Riverfront. This extension will also include construction of a new multi-use trail that will widen the Grand Avenue Bridge.
The Berkley Riverfront project has been years in the making and this is only phase one of the three phase multi-million dollar 10-year project. It’s so exciting to see so many things coming to fruition and this is sure to be a favorite KC destination for locals and tourists! There is even talk of a major US cruise line exploring a stop here for one of its tours. With its proximity to the river and immediate access to public transportation via the streetcar, it’s a perfect opportunity for cruise-goers to have a fantastic day trip exploring Kansas City!
If you have more questions about the new KC Current stadium or the growth in this part of Kansas City, don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our agents! We’re happy to answer questions as we can or point you in the right direction. In addition, if the excitement of these projects makes you want to purchase a condo or home in the heart of the city, we’re happy to help develop your custom search!