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...

Gateway Village: A Recreation Evolution

Gateway Village: A Recreation Evolution APRIL 2016 – Gateway Village, the soccer-centric Grandview development project, will clearly change the lives of young soccer players and their families, while also providing a wide range of recreational opportunities for both residents and visitors. The $300 million Gateway Village project off 150 Highway is a totally new recreation idea. “This truly will be a brand new concept,” developer Kurt Pycior said.  “This is another step in the evolution of how we recreate. It’s a privatization of youth sports. If you think about how we’ve done always recreation, it’s always handled by Parks and Rec. Where were the ballfields? There were one or two small ones in the middle of town, or out in the middle of nowhere. The nearest place to do anything was quite a drive away.” Not so with Gateway Village. The 230-acre plan includes restaurants, retail, hotels, 42 homes, 300 upscale apartments and recreation to surround the 15 lighted soccer fields. “This will be a destination location for recreation,” said Pycior, who compared the development to a Disney park. “There’s tons of stuff to do.  (Soccer) tournament people will be blown away because there’s so much to do.  They’ll come a day early and stay a day late.  It will become their vacation destination.” The development targets players’ families who arrive for one of many weekend soccer tournaments. These tournaments often draw as many as 400 teams with upwards of 15 youth players each, plus coaches, parents and siblings who typically travel with the players. The tournaments bring many thousands of people to the Kansas City area for a weekend. “Soccer is the largest traveling sport,” Pycior...

Sports Complex with 14 Fields Approved in Kansas City

Sports Complex with 14 Fields Approved in Kansas City 2016/03/10 BY OLE Tuesday night the City of Grandview Board of Aldermen unanimously approved Gateway Sports Village’s Conceptual Development Plan. First announced in May, 2015 it’s a $300 million dollar project spread across 240 acres in a suburb approximately 13 miles due East of the Overland Park Soccer Complex. Phase one of Gateway Village will include retail development, street networks, parking and 8-10 soccer fields completed for matches to begin in April of 2017. in time for the Missouri State Cup to return to Kansas City perchance? From the May 2015 story in the Kansas City Business Journals Don Cherry’s development team for the 240-acre project also includes Kurt Pycior, a commercial builder and developer, and Shane Hackett, executive director for the Overland Park-based Heartland Soccer Association. Hackett said the Gateway Village sports complex will include 15 turf soccer fields, including one stadium field, making it the largest all-turf complex in the world. Heartland Soccer, the nation’s largest soccer league, has entered into a long-term agreement to be the master tenant and scheduler for the fields, which will also be available for football and lacrosse. They are expected to be ready for the fall 2016 season. The Jackson County Advocate offered an update on the complex prior to the vote on Tuesday The plan allows for the development of a mixed-use project consisting of fourteen synthetic turf soccer fields, an 83,000 square-foot field house, three hotels, a grocery store, multi-family housing, parking garages and twenty-four buildings to be used as mixed-use retail, restaurant, medical and...

Shane Hackett Accepts Sporting Club Member Award On Behalf of Heartland Soccer

porting Kansas City presented the club’s annual awards on Saturday at Sporting Park during Pitch Black, presented by Aristocrat Motors and Mercedes-Benz of Kansas City. Sporting KC players, media members and fans voted on the following awards: Most Valuable Player, presented by Aristocrat Motors and Mercedes-Benz of Kansas City: Benny Feilhaber Offensive Player of the Year, presented by Sabates Eye Centers: Dom Dwyer Defensive Player of the Year, presented by Ivy Funds: Matt Besler and Soni Mustivar Goal of the Year, presented by NECA/IBEW Power Partners: Benny Feilhaber Newcomer of the Year, presented by Henry Wurst, Inc.: Krisztian Nemeth Additionally, the club chose the following award winners: Victory Project Humanitarian of the Year: Kevin Ellis Bob Gansler Academy Player of the Year: Ryan Kellogg Sporting Club Network Member of the Year, presented by Price Chopper: Heartland Soccer Association Academy Affiliate of the Year: Sporting Southern Indiana *The 2015 Golden Boot, presented by Kansas City Marriott Downtown, will be awarded to the team’s top scorer at the conclusion of the regular season Feilhaber, the team’s Most Valuable Player, has scored a career-high 12 goals and set a single-season club record with 19 assists in 34 games played across all competitions in 2015. For the third straight year, Feilhaber collected Sporting Kansas City’s Goal of the Year for his game-tying goal in the 95th minute of a 4-4 draw at Houston on April 25. Dwyer repeats as the team’s Offensive Player of the Year with 16 goals, most among all Sporting KC players, and three assists in 32 games played across all competitions in 2015. Besler and Mustivar share Defensive Player of the Year honors for a Sporting Kansas City side that has conceded the fewest shots (319) in...

Sports-anchored projects: Why developers want Shane Hackett on their team

Soccer was new to Kansas City scholastic sports when Shane Hackett was in high school. “But there was a German soccer coach who saw me as the fastest kid in school and told me, ‘I’m going to teach you to play soccer,’” said Hackett, a 1982 Park Hill graduate. Enlarge Shane Hackett went from playing soccer to directing the nation’s largest youth soccer… more ANDREW GRUMKE That tutelage not only prepared Hackett to play soccer, it set him up for his present career at the helm of Heartland Soccer Association — the nation’s largest youth soccer league — and his unlikely role as a new force in the high-stakes game of commercial real estate development. Shifting sands in the retail industry have created a strange new animal — large mixed-use developments anchored by youth and amateur sports complexes. And that has made Hackett — who controls where 30,000 youths on 1,300 teams practice and play, and where huge regional tournaments are held — a go-to guy for nearly $800 million worth of such projects in the Kansas City area. Eyeing a new game Fifty-three million traveling athletes participate in U.S. youth sporting events, generating $7 billion in annual economic impact, according to Florida-based consulting group Sports Facilities Advisory. The numbers alone become even more attractive at a time when e-commerce has reduced the number of traditional retail anchors. That’s why three area development teams have announced plans for youth-sports-anchored mixed-use projects. All three have asked Hackett and Heartland Soccer to help make their anchor complexes successful. The Overland Park-based association, which now attracts tournament teams from 16 states to the Scheels Overland Park Soccer...

KC Star: Best Western Plus is slated for Gateway Sports Village in Grandview

Best Western Plus is slated for Gateway Sports Village in Grandview At 200 acres, Gateway Sports Village is Grandview’s largest economic development project The project’s developers have partnered with Liberty Hotel Group to build up to three hotels there Gateway Sports Village will have 14 soccer fields and entertainment, retail and office space Gateway Sports Village is a development by a venture involving former Kansas City Chief Deron Cherry. File photo by Rich Sugg rsugg@kcstar.com BY STEVE VOCKRODT   A Best Western Plus will be the first of three hotel concepts for the $234 million Gateway Sports Village project underway in Grandview. Gateway Sports Village, a development by a venture involving former Kansas City Chief Deron Cherry, announced Tuesday that it will partner with Liberty Hotel Group, a hospitality development company led by Larry Patel. Gateway Sports Village, touted as the largest economic development in Grandview’s history, is a 200-acre project along Missouri 150 between Byars and Kelley roads. It will have 14 turf soccer fields and 1 million square feet of office, retail and entertainment space. The project’s developers expect to open the soccer fields in spring 2017, at which time construction will begin on the first of the two hotels. “It is very gratifying to create this strategic partnership with Liberty Hotel Group,” said Cherry in a statement. “Our vision has been to develop a one-stop destination for soccer and sports’ families. Hotels are an integral part of that vision, and Liberty operates quality hotels that will serve our soccer and sports’ visitors well.” Liberty Hotel Group has first right of refusal to develop the two other hotel sites, which...

Developers unveil plans for $300M Gateway Village

Deron Cherry recalled coming to Kansas City in 1981 after being signed by the Chiefs as a free agent punter out of Rutgers University. Cherry didn’t make the squad as a punter but, not wanting to give up on his NFL dream, he called Coach Marv Levy and asked to try out as a defensive back. “Had I not made that call, my life would have turned out a lot differently,” said Cherry, who became an all-pro safety and now is one of the developers of a proposed $300 million mixed-use development in Grandview. Now, Cherry said during a public announcement of the Gateway Village project on Friday afternoon, his dream is to change the lives of many youths and their families through development, which will be anchored by a sports complex on the north side of Missouri Highway 150 between Byars and Kelley roads. RELATED: Sports village will anchor $300M Grandview project Cherry’s development team for the 240-acre project also includes Kurt Pycior, a commercial builder and developer, and Shane Hackett, executive director for the Overland Park-based Heartland Soccer Association. Hackett said the Gateway Village sports complex will include 15 turf soccer fields, including one stadium field, making it the largest all-turf complex in the world. Heartland Soccer, the nation’s largest soccer league, has entered into a long-term agreement to be the master tenant and scheduler for the fields, which will also be available for football and lacrosse. They are expected to be ready for the fall 2016 season. Hackett said Heartland Soccer includes more than 170 soccer clubs in Missouri and Kansas and brings in teams from...

Developer proposes $300 million soccer-centered Grandview project

A Kansas City area partnership has proposed a $300 million, 230-acre soccer-centered project in Grandview that would be the city’s largest development. Gateway Village, presented to city officials and the public at a ceremony Friday, would start with 15 soccer fields, a 130,000-square-foot field house and retail space. Planners also see the potential for hotels, housing, a park and other development at the site along Missouri 150 between Byers and Kelley roads. “There’s a lot of moving pieces to this,” said Deron Cherry, a former Kansas City Chiefs football player and one of three members of PG Partners behind the project. “There’s a multifamily piece, there’s a single-family (housing) piece, there’s commercial real estate in a traditional sense and the sports village and the fields.” An announcement from the group said the field house would accommodate 12 basketball courts, 24 volleyball courts and flexible space that could be used for batting cages, cheerleading, training or gymnastics. Cherry said the soccer components and some of the retail plans make up the first phase of the development and could be available in the fall of 2016. “We’ll work as quickly as we can to get the retail online. It an important component,” Cherry said. Kurt Pycior, a Kansas City area developer, and Shane Hackett, executive director of the Heartland Soccer Association, are the other members of PG Partners. The group has been in contact with city officials for more than a year. Pycior tweeted about the project in February. Gateway Village is coming…… It will change the way we spend our recreational time and money. It is the next big thing…...