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Sporting Park   

April 15, 2011
Sporting Park

Courtesy Turner Construction

Sporting Park
Kansas City, Kan.

The new facility for Major League Soccer team Sporting Kansas City has won the SEAKM 2011 Excellence in Structural Engineering Award in the new buildings over $100 million category. We provided structural design to architect Populous. The 18,500-seat stadium, which will also host lacrosse, rugby and concerts, features 36 luxury suites on two levels and a two-story owner’s suite. A 145,000-sf canopy system with a clear polycarbonate covering the seating bowl will allow sunlight to reach the grass and will isolate fan noise within the stadium. Project challenges include a site footprint bound on three sides, a 45-ft. grade differential and four strata of soil. The foundation system is spread footings bearing on sandstone and shale and drilled piers penetrating soft layers to hard limestone. A future upper deck will add 7,000 seats to the south and east stands. The project is being completed under an ultra fast-track 22-month design and construction schedule and will open this June.