Downtown Des Moines soccer stadium delayed because of rising costs

Des Moines won’t see a downtown soccer stadium until at least 2025, a year after the team’s owner previously projected.

The Iowa Soccer Development Foundation announced in a news release Monday morning that they are delaying construction because of the rising cost of building materials. The group also said that buying and shipping materials is also taking longer than they hoped.

Kyle Krause, the team’s owner and former CEO of the Kum & Go gas station chain, previously told the Des Moines Register he wanted the stadium up by the summer of 2024.

“A 2025 opening date is more reasonable,” Iowa Soccer Development Foundation Secretary Charley Campbell said in a statement Monday.

Kyle Krause speaks about the increasing popularity of soccer in Iowa during an interview at the Krause Gateway Center on Wednesday, Jan.  26, 2022, in Des Moines.

Krause, who owns the Des Moines Menace soccer team and the Italian club Parma, announced plans for a new downtown stadium in September 2019. He planned to fund the development with donations and public money from the city and the state.

The Iowa Economic Development Authority preliminarily awarded $23.5 million to the project last summer, while Krause expects another $30 million in private donations. Des Moines officials have said they are negotiating a deal with Krause to give taxpayer money to the project.

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