SOCCER

Downtown Des Moines football stadium delayed due to rising costs

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Des Moines won’t see a new downtown football stadium until at least 2025, a year after the team owner predicted.

The Iowa Soccer Development Foundation announced in a press release Monday that it was delaying construction due to the rising cost of building materials. The group also said procuring and shipping materials was taking longer than expected.

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Kyle Krause, owner and CEO of the team and president of the Krause Group, owner of the Kum & Go gas station chain, previously told the Des Moines Register that he wanted the stadium to be completed by the summer. 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 growing popularity of football in Iowa during an interview at the Krause Gateway Center on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022 in Des Moines.

Krause, owner of the Des Moines Menace soccer team and Italian club Parma, announced plans for the downtown stadium in September 2019. The Iowa Economic Development Authority pre-granted 23, $5 million to the project last summer, and Krause expects another $30 million in private donations. . Des Moines officials said they are also negotiating an agreement with Krause to provide municipal funding for the project.

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