Photos: First game in CPKC Stadium thrills with a big win for the Kansas City Current

The Kansas City Current became a part of history Saturday when the NWSL team became the first to play in a stadium built and dedicated to a women’s professional sports franchise.

CPKC Stadium on the banks of the Missouri River near downtown Kansas City was opened to a sold out crowd that came to see the Current take on the Portland Thorns. Co-owners Angie and Chris Long along with co-owners Brittany and Patrick Mahomes took part in a ribbon cutting and other ceremonies to celebrated the opening of the stadium.

Fans filling the 11,500-seat saw the Current get off to a quick 3-0 lead when Vanessa DiBernardo scored near the 22 minute mark and Ellie Wheeler followed up with another goal just three minutes later. It wasn’t long after that Current defender Bia Zaneratto kicked a shot in for another goal.

The Thorns battled on putting on a scoring barrage and threatened a win in overage time when they scored on the Current to bring the score to 5-4. Kansas City held on though to notch a victory at their new home.

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The Christopher S. Bond Bridge is seen in the distance during a NWSL game between the Kansas City Current and the Portland Thorns FC at CPKC Stadium on Saturday, March 16, 2024, in Kansas City.
The Christopher S. Bond Bridge is seen in the distance during a NWSL game between the Kansas City Current and the Portland Thorns FC at CPKC Stadium on Saturday, March 16, 2024, in Kansas City.
KC Current co-owners Brittany Mahomes and Patrick Mahomes pass a soccer ball around on the field during an NWSL game against the Portland Thorns FC at CPKC Stadium on Saturday, March 16, 2024, in Kansas City.
KC Current co-owners Brittany Mahomes and Patrick Mahomes pass a soccer ball around on the field during an NWSL game against the Portland Thorns FC at CPKC Stadium on Saturday, March 16, 2024, in Kansas City.
Kansas City Current fans hold a sign celebrating the history of playing in the first stadium built for a women’s professional sports team during the Current’s game with the Portland Thorns FC at CPKC Stadium on Saturday, March 16, 2024, in Kansas City.
Kansas City Current fans hold a sign celebrating the history of playing in the first stadium built for a women’s professional sports team during the Current’s game with the Portland Thorns FC at CPKC Stadium on Saturday, March 16, 2024, in Kansas City.
Kansas City Current forward Bia Zaneratto celebrates after scoring on the Portland Thorns during the home opener for the Current Saturday, March 16, 2024 at CPKC Stadium.
Kansas City Current forward Bia Zaneratto celebrates after scoring on the Portland Thorns during the home opener for the Current Saturday, March 16, 2024 at CPKC Stadium.
KC Current fans celebrate a goal by forward Bia Zaneratto in the first half during an NWSL game against the Portland Thorns FC at CPKC Stadium on Saturday, March 16, 2024, in Kansas City.
KC Current fans celebrate a goal by forward Bia Zaneratto in the first half during an NWSL game against the Portland Thorns FC at CPKC Stadium on Saturday, March 16, 2024, in Kansas City.
Kansas City Current midfielder Debinha (99) leaps over Portland Thorns FC goalkeeper Shelby Hogan (18) in an attempt to score a goal during the first half of an NWSL match against the Portland Thorns FC at CPKC Stadium on Saturday, March 16, 2024, in Kansas City.
Kansas City Current midfielder Debinha (99) leaps over Portland Thorns FC goalkeeper Shelby Hogan (18) in an attempt to score a goal during the first half of an NWSL match against the Portland Thorns FC at CPKC Stadium on Saturday, March 16, 2024, in Kansas City.
The Kansas City Current teammates celebrate after defender Ellie Wheeler (5) scores a goal in the first half of an NWSL match against the Portland Thorns FC at CPKC Stadium on Saturday, March 16, 2024, in Kansas City.
The Kansas City Current teammates celebrate after defender Ellie Wheeler (5) scores a goal in the first half of an NWSL match against the Portland Thorns FC at CPKC Stadium on Saturday, March 16, 2024, in Kansas City.
Kansas City Current midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo, right, hugs midfielder Kristen Hamilton after Hamilton kicked in a goal against the Portland Thorns during the home opener for the Current Saturday, March 16, 2024 at CPKC Stadium.
Kansas City Current midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo, right, hugs midfielder Kristen Hamilton after Hamilton kicked in a goal against the Portland Thorns during the home opener for the Current Saturday, March 16, 2024 at CPKC Stadium.
Teal-clad women dance at the KC Current opening festivities for the Kansas City Current’s new soccer stadium CPKC on Saturday, March 16, 2024, in Kansas City.
Teal-clad women dance at the KC Current opening festivities for the Kansas City Current’s new soccer stadium CPKC on Saturday, March 16, 2024, in Kansas City.
KC Current owners Chris and Angie Long with Congressman Emanuel Cleaver during opening festivities for the Kansas City Current’s new soccer stadium CPKC on Saturday, March 16, 2024, in Kansas City.
KC Current owners Chris and Angie Long with Congressman Emanuel Cleaver during opening festivities for the Kansas City Current’s new soccer stadium CPKC on Saturday, March 16, 2024, in Kansas City.
The Kansas City skyline is seen at a distance during a NWSL game between the KC Current and the Portland Thorns FC at CPKC Stadium on Saturday, March 16, 2024, in Kansas City.
The Kansas City skyline is seen at a distance during a NWSL game between the KC Current and the Portland Thorns FC at CPKC Stadium on Saturday, March 16, 2024, in Kansas City.