"There are a loyal group of people watching soccer on their computers at 7:30 a.m. or making a bar change a TV from SportsCenter to Fox Sports to watch a match," says marketing manager Michael Kricsfeld. "Now, they'll have a place to go."
The staff has training this week, and Kricsfeld expects the tap lineup and menu to be finalized in the coming days. He described the food as "casual American with a lot of English influence." The menu, which will expand in the coming months, will start with pizzas, burgers, pot roast, pasta dishes and sandwiches. The soccer bar will have 20 beers on tap, along with a full liquor selection. And Kricsfeld says the Futbol Club will be bringing in beers from Australia (not Foster's) and Venezuela.
"We're trying to be global," Kricsfeld says. "We want to have a representation of soccer countries in the games and the beer."
The bar is also the official bar of FC Kansas City, the new professional women's soccer club that debuts this spring, and will be providing concessions for their games at Shawnee Mission North District Stadium. In order to encourage future soccer players, Futbol Club will donate 1 percent of what a diner spends through their rewards program to the diner's choice of local youth club soccer programs.
"The soccer atmosphere of Kansas City has grown exponentially in the past few years to the point where it can sustain a soccer-only sports bar," Kricsfeld says.
The eatery will open at 11 a.m. Tuesday through Sunday, although Kricsfeld mentioned that the doors will open at 7:30 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays for live broadcasts of English Premier League games. The soccer bar will close at midnight on Tuesdays and at 2 a.m. the rest of the week.