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In The Office: Sporting Kansas City

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Sporting Kansas City has a new headquarters, but the team is staying in the neighborhood.

The MLS team now leases 14,000 square feet on the fourth floor of a building in Kansas City’s Crossroads Arts District, five blocks from its previous location. The old space grew crowded as both the team and spinoff business FanThreeSixty added staff.

“This was an opportunity for us to get all our people back onto one floor,” said Sporting KC President Jake Reid. “If there is any preceived barrier, even if it’s just a set of stairs, it sometimes inhibits communication.”

The new space has more art to show off the Sporting KC brand, and even a little AstroTurf.

PHOTOS BY ANDREW GRUMKE / KANSAS CITY BUSINESS JOURNAL

Sporting Kansas City President Jake Reid
Replica of “The Wall” from the team’s stadium
Nod to sponsor Boulevard Brewing
Exposed brick
Art in a conference room based on team’s former nickname, the Wizards
Suited-up mannequin near entrance
Logo on elevator door
“We … think the Crossroads [Arts District] fits us well from a culture standpoint,” Reid said. “It feels like home.”
Artwork reinforces an air of creativity in the office. The piece incorporates images from soccer and Kansas City.
Wood floors and pillars make the space distinctive, as well as the repeated argyle pattern (below).
Conference standings are visible from a lounge space.
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