Sporting KC Leads Ranking Of Safest MLS Stadiums

Sporting KC Leads Ranking Of Safest MLS Stadiums
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Despite an up-and-down campaign across Kansas sports betting this season for members of Sporting Kansas City, with the club sitting 10th out of 14 teams in the MLS Western Conference with a 2-5-4 record, there’s reason for celebration around Children’s Mercy Park.  

That’s because the Kansas soccer grounds finished atop the MLS when it came to stadium safety in 2024, ranking well ahead of the next closest club (New England Revolution), with Sporting KC notching a total score of 15.41 to NE’s score of 34.36.  

Speaking of safety, BetKansas.com created a ranking system to find the safest MLS stadiums for spectators. We created a ranking system that factors in the crime rating, total crime index, fanbase ranking and crime grade. All metrics are based on the exact city and zip code of each team’s stadium or arena.

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Safest MLS Stadiums

Rank 

Team 

Total Score 

Sporting Kansas City 

15.41 

New England Revolution 

34.36 

FC Dallas 

40.39 

LA Galaxy 

56.74 

CF Montréal 

59.23 

Real Salt Lake 

61.39 

New York Red Bulls 

63.83 

Los Angeles FC 

67.91 

San Jose Earthquakes 

70.82 

10 

Charlotte FC 

73.95 

11 

New York City FC 

74.11 

12 

Columbus Crew 

79.13 

13 

Atlanta United FC 

80.91 

14 

Austin FC 

81.62 

15 

Toronto FC 

83.61 

Note: Neighborhoodscout.com was used to find the violent crime and total crime index; PesStatsDatabase.com was used to find the fan behavior ranking; CrimeGrade.org was used to find the crime grades. The lower the score, the safer the stadium.

Children’s Mercy Park Takes Top Spot In MLS

While no one would argue that Sporting KC has much of a shot at winning the club’s third MLS Cup in 2024 (with Caesars Sportsbook Kansas listing the club at +6600 to do so), at least the Kansas club did take home the No. 1 spot when it came to stadium grounds safety.  

Overall, the club’s score of 15.41 finished well ahead of the next closest grounds, like Gillette Stadium in New England (34.36), Toyota Stadium in Frisco (40.39), Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson (56.74) and Saputo Stadium in Montreal (59.23).  

Throw in America First Field in Salt Lake City (61.39), Red Bull Arena in New Jersey (63.83), BMO Stadium in Los Angeles (67.91), PayPal Park in San Jose (70.82) and Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte (73.95) and you have the full top 10 in the MLS when it comes to stadium safety scores, though all of those grounds fell well short of Sporting KC’s Children’s Mercy Park in 2024.  

USA Today photo by Denny Medley.

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Christopher Boan is a lead writer at BetKansas.com specializing in covering state issues. He covered sports and sports betting in Arizona for more than seven years.

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