Thursday, June 09, 2011

KC unveils $200 million new soccer stadium

Kansas City's $200 million state-of-the-art soccer stadium is set to open Thursday night, and before Livestrong Sporting Park even welcomes fans the team is defending its relationship with Lance Armstrong's cancer-fighting Livestrong Foundation.

Eager to partner with Livestrong, which funds cancer research and supports cancer survivors such as Armstrong himself, Sporting Kansas City agreed in March to donate $7.5 million to the foundation over the next six years.

That was before a report on "60 Minutes'' last month that again raised allegations of performance-enhancing drug use against the seven-time Tour de France winner. Former teammate Tyler Hamilton, like Floyd Landis a year before, accused Armstrong's U.S. Postal teams of systematic drug use.

To the city and the team, the accusations hardly seem fair.

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