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Kansas City looks for economic boon thanks to NCAA championships

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Kansas City will be hosting 14 NCAA championships in coming years, bringing with them both prestige and money. Kansas City will be hosting 14 NCAA championships in coming years, bringing with them both prestige and money.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Kansas City will be hosting 14 NCAA championships in coming years, bringing with them both prestige and money.

In one of the bigger announcements, the NCAA said Sporting Park in Kansas City, KS, will host the NCAA Division I Final Four in soccer in 2015.

In addition, Swope Soccer Village, on the Missouri side, landed semifinal and final matches for men's and women's teams in multiple divisions over the next four years.

The matches will add to the soccer fever that gripped the metro area as Sporting Kansas City made its magical run to the MLS Cup culminating last weekend.

Officials say the moves only add to Kansas City's reputation as the soccer capital of the country.

In addition, Sporting Park will also be trying out a new role for the NCAA, hosting Division II football championship for the next four years.

"That was a shock. I would say to secure that for four years, what a huge win for Kansas City, and what a unique environment to host that in a soccer stadium is absolutely amazing," said Kathy Nelson, Kansas City Sports Commission chief executive officer.

Businesses around Sporting Park are already excited about the economic boost they cold see from so many events and so many spectators coming to see them.

"Definitely more people will be in town, so they'll need hotels. There will be more people in hotels and more people in the Legends area, and that means more patrons for the surrounding businesses," said Tyler Basso with Best Western Premier KC Speedway Inn and Suites.

On the Missouri side, the tally is rounded out with Sprint Center hosting Final Four volleyball in 2017. All in all, it's quite a day for Kansas City-area sports fans and Kansas City-area businesses.

"It's a little overwhelming to think we were just awarded 14 championships across all different sports, across all divisions. It's pretty amazing," Nelson said.

Organizers said they expect hosting those 14 separate NCAA championships could bring in up to $16 million of economic impact for the metro area over the next four years.

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