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Sam McDowell: ‘Can’t miss this opportunity’: How Kansas City is thinking big as World Cup host

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — About 15 years ago now, Sporting Kansas City’s new ownership group contemplated a site for a soccer-specific stadium, making good on a vision Lamar Hunt had told them would be a necessity for survival in this town. The initial two options, brightly as the renderings had glowed on paper, fell through without a shovel hitting the dirt. As they examined a third, a spot near the Kansas Speedway, principal owner Cliff Illig stiff-armed the pretty pictures. “I want to start with a list of who’s going to be in the building,” he had said that day. “We’re going to design the building…

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