Gateway Partner Heartland Soccer Registers Record Number League Teams

Over 1250 teams will compete in America’s Largest Soccer League OVERLAND PARK, KS –   Heartland Soccer Association announces record league registration for its fall soccer league which begins Friday, August 6 th . This season Heartland Soccer League will have new play formats with 7 vs. 7 and 9 vs. 9 for the younger age groups as well as full-sided 11 vs. 11 games with the new play mandates issued by US Soccer. In addition to Kansas City area based teams, teams from a surrounding 4 state area will travel to play in the Heartland Soccer League. “This continues to be an exciting time for soccer in Kansas City.  We have consistent growth on two fronts.  Our local clubs continue to grow and develop players at all ages, and we are able to draw teams outside of our area to travel here and play league every weekend,” stated Shane Hackett, Executive Director at Heartland Soccer Association.  “The depth and diversity of players and teams is a big attraction and, of course, our world class soccer facilities at Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex and Swope Soccer Village are unparalleled.  What an incredible opportunity for our KC kids to grow up playing soccer here.” About Heartland Soccer Association Heartland Soccer Association is recognized as the largest soccer league in the United State and operates the largest tournaments in the Midwest.   The league accepts players of all skill levels including recreational and premier level players and teams. Each year over 170 different soccer clubs compete at Heartland.  Both league and tournaments are held on synthetic soccer turf at the world-class soccer facilities of Scheels...

Grandview board approves $234 million Gateway Village project involving Deron Cherry

Development team includes former Kansas City Chiefs player Project includes 14 soccer fields Grandview Board of Aldermen approved 5-0 Deron Cherry Deron Cherry Rich Sugg rsugg@kcstar.com BY STEVE VOCKRODT svockrodt@kcstar.com Grandview leaders voted 5-0 Tuesday night to approve a $234 million project that planners expect will include 14 soccer fields, new retail and commercial development, and several hundred hotel rooms. PG LLC, a development entity that includes former Kansas City Chiefs strong safety Deron Cherry, went before the Grandview Board of Aldermen during a regularly scheduled meeting to get approval for tax increment financing for the project. The board’s approval after a public hearing signaled the final vote PG LLC needed from the city to proceed with their project. The developer has announced a groundbreaking on June 30. Gateway Village, which is considered Grandview’s largest development, will be built on 200 acres, generally along Missouri 150 east of Interstate 49 between Byars and Kelley roads. The team, which also includes Lee’s Summit developer Kurt Pycior and Heartland Soccer Association executive director Shane Hackett, wants to build the Gateway Village in four phases. The first phase would include 14 soccer fields and 108,000 square feet of retail and residential space. Those 14 fields would represent additional resources for the strong local demand for soccer fields. Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex, which has 12 fields that cover 96 acres, is considered one of the top facilities of its kind in the region. The nine-field Swope Soccer Village in Swope Park has welcomed regional soccer competitions, including the Big 12 women’s soccer championships, since expanding in 2013. A second phase in Grandview...

Developers net incentives, ready to break ground on $234M sports village

Deron Cherry recalled his son’s 2009 soccer practices taking place in a Hy-Vee parking lot due to a scarcity of fields. Cherry and his wife wanted wanted a safer place for their children to practice soccer, he said, and she envisioned a practice, game and tournament venue with all the amenities soccer families could wish for in one location. VIEW SLIDESHOW 6 photos Construction of the first phase of Gateway Sports Village is scheduled to begin in July,… more Seven years later, Cherry and three business partners are preparing to break ground for such a groundbreaking facility: the Gateway Sports Village. “There truly is no other place like this in the entire world,” said Kurt Pycior, Cherry’s development partner and the man who coached his son’s team back in the blacktop days. He was speaking during Tuesday night’s meeting of the Grandview Board of Aldermen, which voted unanimously to approve $61 million in tax increment financing for the $234 million sports-anchored mixed-use development. Over a 23-year period, TIF is expected to divert $33 million in property tax revenue and $28 million in economic activity tax revenue generated by the project to cover eligible costs. INTERACTIVE MAP: Crane Watch: What’s being built in the Kansas City area Construction of the 200-acre project is scheduled to begin next month on the north side of Missouri Highway 150 between Byars and Kelley roads. A general contractor has not yet been announced; Populous, a leading global sports design firm, is the project architect. The project is being developed by PG LLC, which includes Cherry, a former Kansas City Chiefs all-pro safety; Pycior, a commercial builder and developer; Matt Taylor, general manager at Pycior...

Fox 4 News: Grandview approves multi-million dollar Gateway Village Project, a first of its kind soccer-hotel complex

GRANDVIEW, Mo. — Grandview’s Board of Alderman voted unanimously Tuesday on a public-financing plan to bring a $300 million, first-of-its kind youth soccer complex to the city. The largest youth sports complex plan in Missouri state history will create 14 lighted artificial turf soccer fields, hotels and retail space along Highway 150. Former Kansas City Chief Deron Cherry said he and his wife got the idea when she became a soccer mom, and realized the community needed more when it came to soccer fields and entertainment. She couldn’t attend Tuesday’s meeting as her two children were playing soccer at Scheel’s Overland Park complex and at Swope Village, the two sites for Heartland Soccer. “The fact is we have so many kids playing soccer, we have to turn away hundreds of teams that want to play in tournaments and we are now the largest soccer league in the U.S,” Heartland Soccer Executive Director Shane Hackett said. Heartland Soccer wanted to expand into areas south of Kansas City in Missouri, and found land off of Highway 150, east of Interstate 49 in Grandview. “We are very excited to have this in Grandview off 150 Highway, off I-49, so we are looking forward to it this is a great location the 200 acres is awesome,” Grandview Mayor Leonard Jones said. Hackett understands the appeal of the game itself, but says even he isn’t sure why soccer is so much more popular in Kansas City than the rest of the nation. Because of the unusual demand, the Gateway Village Project will also be the first soccer complex in the nation to include three hotels with 540...

This Is How America’s Largest All Turf Soccer Complex Started

This is how the largest sports complex in Missouri got started. Hope and Deron Cherry have a discussion about what it would be like to go to a soccer tournament with their kids and have everything on site: hotel, restaurants, workout facility, grocery store…. Hope sits down with Populous sports architects and then vision is memorialized. Fields slated to open Spring...

$300M Gateway Sports Village scores TIF recommendation

The Grandview Tax Increment Financing Commission on Wednesday voted 9-1 to recommend approval of $61 million in TIF for a $300 million youth sports-anchored mixed-use development on the north side of Missouri Highway 150 between Byars and Kelley roads. If approved by the Grandview Board of Aldermen on June 14, the TIF will become part of a $78 million public support package for the $234 million portion of Gateway Sports Village that excludes a residential development component consisting of a 250-unit multifamily development and 40 single-family homes. Enlarge The Gateway Sports Village development calls for 14 lighted artificial-turf soccer… more REECE COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE The project is being developed by PG LLC, which includes former Kansas City Chiefs all-pro safety Deron Cherry; Shane Hackett, executive director of the Overland Park-based Heartland Soccer Association; and Kurt Pycior, a commercial builder and developer. The development calls for 14 lighted artificial-turf soccer fields; an 86,000-square-foot fieldhouse; three hotels with a total of 540 rooms; and 334,000 square feet of mixed-use space, including 21,000 square feet of restaurants. Ultimately, the developers also plan to incorporate additional commercial space and a water park into the sports village. Construction of the first phase is scheduled to begin in July, with completion expected in June 2018. it will include the soccer field and 154,000 square feet of mixed-use development. Grandview City Administrator Cory Smith said that 21,000 square feet of the first-phase mixed-use space could become either offices or apartments. The TIF Commission member representing Mid-Continent Public Library cast the only vote against TIF for the project because of a library policy against supporting incentives for projects that include (or might include) residential. TIF diverts...