Kansas City, Missouri, will soon witness the opening of a new $117 million professional soccer stadium – the Canadian Pacific Kansas City (KPKC) stadium – which will be home to the Kansas City (KC) Current, a National Women’s Soccer League team.
In order to ensure sustainable operations, KC Current owners – including Kansas City Chief quarterback Patrick Mahomes' wife Brittany Mahomes, Angie Long, and investor Chris Long, founder of Palmer Square Capital Management – are partnering with Good Energy Solutions to install solar modules across the facility.
The 180 REC Alpha Pure-R solar panels will be installed on top of the Main Gate entrance and the Team Store to maximize sun exposure. In total, the solar arrays will produce roughly 100,000 kWh of energy annually – the equivalent of burning 70,000 pounds of coal each year.
“We are excited to partner with Good Energy Solutions to bring on-site renewable energy to our game-changing stadium,” said Scott Jenkins, KC Current VP of Facility Development. “Installing these solar panels is a perfect way to demonstrate leadership in a more sustainable future, while also enhancing the fan experience.”
The stadium is located on the east end of Berkley Riverfront Park through a 50-year lease agreement with Port KC and features an 11,500-attendee capacity.
To promote the benefits of solar energy to attendees, as part of the partnership, Good Energy Solutions will receive use of marks, in-game signage, and social media posts to produce educational materials highlighting the importance of the solar panel installation at the stadium.
The KPKC stadium is set to open and host its first games in early 2024.