Skip to content

Jurgen Klinsmann’s one-word review of Livestrong Sporting Park: Fantastic

Oct 15, 2012, 4:25 PM EST

US national football team head coach, Ge

KANSAS CITY –Yesterday was the first time inside Livestrong Sporting Park for U.S. manager Jurgen Klinsmann, a man who has certainly seen his share of stadiums, inside and out.

He was duly impressed.

“If you walk into a stadium like Kansas City’s, and you experience that … It was my first time in the stadium yesterday. I mean, just the locker room … there’s no locker room in Europe like that! It’s just cool,” Klinsmann said at his news conference Monday. “It’s fantastic. You’ve got to give them a huge compliment for that.”

(Some of the locker room design concepts, by the way, were borrowed from designs at Wembley Stadium and Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium; that tidbit brought to you from the Sporting New-powered brain of Brian Straus.)

More broadly, Klinsmann was speaking more about the entire facility, the 18,500-seat Sporting Kansas City arena, one brimming with modern amenities and high-tech goodies.

Actually, that was part of his answer to a bigger question about the increased scrutiny coming from all corners of American soccer, from fans as well as from the chattering class.

In migrating down a path about Kansas City’s stadium, whether he was being evasive or just being the typically bubbly “Klinsi,” a man who will find something positive to say about everything, is hard to say. But his point was this:

The game has grown so much – and a beautiful park in suburban Kansas City, peerless in some ways, is just one example – that more scrutiny is a natural outcome.

But he does think locker room is very cool, too.

  1. drewvt6 - Oct 15, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    Told some friends the other day while fretting over the possibility of the US not making the world cup, the worst thing that will happen if the US fails to qualify is it will make the big money investors jittery. We’ve seen billions of dollars poured into the game in the past 20 years and a US failure would slow down that flow. Livestrong Park is a direct result of investor confidence in the game.

Leave Comment

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

Featured video

PST Extra: Top 4 showdowns on Sunday