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SBD/July 24, 2013/Franchises
Sporting KC Helps Make City A Soccer Boomtown, With Stadium Major Attraction
Published July 24, 2013
MODEL FOR TORONTO: The CP's Neil Davidson reported Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment is "looking at ways to improve BMO Field." MLSE President & CEO Tim Leiweke is "dispatching some of the MLS club’s front office" to the All-Star Game to see the US$200M-plus Sporting Park, which opened in June '11. Leiweke said, "Kansas City’s stadium is fantastic. They market it the right way, they sell it the right way. [Sporting KC CEO Robb Heineman and co-Majority Owner Cliff Illig] do the best job in the league. ... They are phenomenal and we should all aspire to be Kansas City and Portland and Vancouver and now Montreal." Leiweke added, "We owe our fans more. We need to figure out a way to take it to the next level" (CP, 7/23).