U.S. Sellout Clarification at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park
KANSAS CITY, Kan.
U.S. Soccer had declared Tuesday evening’s match in Kansas City, Kan., a sellout. Yet when the attendance was announced the numbers didn’t exactly jive with what MLS folks know the new state of the art LIVESTRONG Sporting Park can hold. U.S. Soccer announced the attendance as 16,947 which was well short of the 18,467 Sporting KC states as the capacity.
Neil Buethe, spokesperson for U.S. Soccer, said after the match that as he understood, Sporting KC’s capacity for LIVESTRONG includes standing room only which FIFA does not allow for international matches. As well, they took some seating room for the ESPN TV setup and had a few less seats in other areas as well.
A spokesperson for Sporting KC also confirmed that the stadium’s capacity is indeed set for standing room only. He said for this match ESPN took up some seating areas for their broadcast team, the supporters area was also reduced a bit and even the situation with the suites was reduced in numbers.