This week, FastCompany.com named Sporting Kansas City the fourth most innovative sports company in the world.
“For enhancing the stadium experience with digital amenities. This Major League Soccer team’s new LIVESTRONG Sporting Park sets a new standard with a reliable network for surfing, a rarity in parks and stadiums, along with individual access to replays and clever apps and features to get fans involved (predicting the action, tweeting messages to the Jumbotron). The club, the first to name its venue after a nonprofit, launched a business consulting other teams on making their venues more tech-enabled.”
Sporting Kansas City joined companies such as ESPN (#5), MLB Advanced Media (#2), and the National Football League (#1). The only other sports team on the list was the Dallas Mavericks (#6).
FastCompany.com wrote a feature piece on Sporting Innovations in January detailing the many features of LIVESTRONG Sporting Park that enhance the fans’ experience at a soccer match.
Sporting Club launches sports and entertainment
technology company Sporting Innovations
Sporting Innovations aims to progressively shift the technology curve in
sports and entertainment across venues, franchises and leagues worldwide
(Kansas City, October 4, 2011) – Sporting Club announced Tuesday the formation of Sporting Innovations, a technology company focused on innovation in sports and entertainment. Sporting Innovations is positioned to utilize key technologies, including Google Fiber, Panasonic Enterprise Solutions, Cisco StadiumVision and Cisco Connected Stadium high-density Wi-Fi, to drive revolutionary fan experiences and deliver a multi-dimensional revenue platform for teams, leagues and venues.
The overarching objective is to help teams grow their revenue, while simultaneously creating additional value for the fan. Utilizing strategic relationships with some of the world’s leading technology providers, Sporting Innovations is well-positioned to become a pioneer in providing software solutions that will support the future of sports and entertainment properties, as well as offering design, consultation and implementation services.
(March 30, 2011) – As part of our overall goal to make the web better for users, last year we announced a new project: to provide a community with Internet access more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have today. The response was overwhelming—nearly 1,100 cities felt the need for speed—and we were thrilled by the enthusiasm we saw across the country for better and faster web connections. Thank you to every community and individual that submitted a response, joined a rally, starred in a YouTube video or otherwise participated.
After a careful review, today we’re very happy to announce that we will build our ultra high-speed network in Kansas City, Kansas. We’ve signed a development agreement with the city, and we’ll be working closely with local organizations, businesses and universities to bring a next-generation web experience to the community.
(March 8, 2011) – In keeping with its innovative approach to nonprofit management, LIVESTRONG today announced that it has partnered with Kansas City-based Sporting Club to name its stadium and event complex “LIVESTRONG Sporting Park.” Sporting Club, the parent organization of Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer, will host a variety of sports and entertainment events at the new stadium, including all home matches for the soccer team.
Through this unique partnership, fans will join the fight against cancer every time they support their teams or enjoy memorable performances at the venue.
LIVESTRONG is the brand of the Lance Armstrong Foundation, created in 1997 by the cancer survivor and champion cyclist to serve people living with cancer and empower communities to take action. For the duration of the agreement, a portion of all stadium revenues, including ticket sales and concessions, will fund the foundation’s advocacy work. The partnership will also help launch the development of local cancer survivorship services for Kansas City residents.