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The Xtract One Technologies, a leading technology-driven threat detection and security solution that prioritizes the patron access experience by leveraging artificial intelligence (AI), announced on November 16th that its SmartGateway System has been selected to protect the new 11,500-capacity CPKC Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri (US), as a result of the company’s partnership with Kansas City Current (‘KC Current’) of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL).

‘xtract one’ stated that the CPKC Stadium is being built by construction partners JE Dunn and women-owned Monarch Build, as well as the female-led team at Henderson Engineers, and is expected to open at the start of the 2024 NWSL season.

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Toronto (Canada)-based the Xtract One Technologies is a leading technology-driven threat detection and security solution leveraging AI to provide seamless and secure patron access control experiences. The company makes unobtrusive threat detection systems that enable venue building operators to prioritize and deliver improved patron experiences while providing unprecedented safety. Xtract One’s innovative Gateway product enables companies to covertly screen for weapons at points of entry without disrupting the flow of traffic. Its AI-based software allows venue and building operators to identify weapons and other threats inside and outside of the facilities and receive valuable intelligence for optimizing operations.

The CPKC Stadium is the first soccer stadium purpose-built for a professional women’s soccer team. As part of a 50-year lease agreement with Port KC, the stadium will be built on a 7.08-acre site on the East end of the Berkley Riverfront Park in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, in partnership with the primary design and construction partners Generator Studio, JE Dunn and Monarch Build. The downtown stadium will seat 11,500 fans, with no seat being more than 100 feet from the field.

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Kansas City (US)-based Port KC’s mission is to grow the economy of Kansas City’s port district through transportation, global commerce and development.

Kansas City (US)-based Generator Studio is a full-service architecture and interior design firm. Its portfolio of work includes sports and entertainment venues, hotels and resorts, restaurants and bars, residential and commercial developments.

Kansas City (US)-based JE Dunn is an industry leader in the application of pre-construction technology, virtual design and construction and other emerging construction technologies. Innovation in construction, client-centric problem-solving and delivering an exceptional client experience is what differentiates them in the industry.

Overland Park (US)-based Monarch Build is a regional commercial general contractor located in the Kansas City Metro area which focuses on community and client relationships as a trustworthy construction partner for owners, developers, architects, and trade partners.

Lenexa (US)-based Henderson Engineers is a national building systems design firm with a wide array of engineering services and a portfolio representing a full range of markets including business, community, retail, healthcare, and venue.

The Kansas City Current is an American professional women’s soccer team playing in Kansas City, Kansas. It was founded as an expansion team in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) in 2021. Founded in December 2020, the Kansas City Current is led by the ownership group of Angie Long, Chris Long, Brittany Mahomes, and Patrick Mahomes. The Kansas City Current announced plans for the first stadium purpose-built for a professional women’s soccer team with expected completion in 2024.

The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) is a professional women’s soccer league at the top of the United States league system. Headquartered in New York City, it is owned by the teams and, until 2020, was under a management contract with the United States Soccer Federation.

Chicago (US)-based the United States Soccer Federation, commonly referred to as U.S. Soccer, is a 501 nonprofit organization and the official governing body of the sport of soccer in the United States.

‘xtract one’ further stated that once construction is complete, CPKC Stadium will make history as the world’s first and only purpose-built stadium for a women’s professional sports team. This collaboration between Xtract One and KC Current signifies a significant milestone by delivering streamlined, efficient, and modern security measures, enhancing venue safety, minimizing wait times, and fostering enhanced patron experience at a first-of-its-kind venue.

Xtract One’s SmartGateway system replaces intimidating, traditional metal detectors and delivers fast, reliable and seamless patron screening. This solution unobtrusively scans patrons for guns, knives, and other prohibited items as they enter the venue, using AI-powered sensors to detect threats without invading patrons’ sense of privacy and comfort. The system was designed for large, ticketed venues to enable high throughput. With Xtract One, KC Current and the CPKC Stadium will be able to deliver optimal fan experiences through eliminating long entry lines and allowing fans to quickly and safely enter the venue and enjoy the game.

Said Scott Jenkins, Kansas City Current Vice-President of Facility Development, “The KC Current is all about elevating the community and inspiring bold ambition. We’re constantly pushing to raise the bar for our players, our fans and our community. We’re thrilled to be partnering with Xtract One to set new standards in fan safety and enjoyment, elevating our gameday experience to new heights in a new stadium.”

With this partnership, Xtract One will work closely with the KC Current and the CPKC Stadium to deploy cutting-edge security and weapon detection technology solutions tailored to the team’s needs and dynamic, community-centric venue environment. Xtract One’s ability to bolster security measures while ensuring an optimized entry process for fans aligns with KC Current’s mission of prioritizing safety without compromising the community’s experience, in their quest to becoming the best women’s football club in the world.

Added Peter Evans, head honcho of Xtract One, “We’re proud to lead the way in stadium security for KC Current as they usher in this new era of community experience at the CPKC Stadium. It’s important to us that we take care of ensuring fans’ safety, while allowing the players and coaching staff to focus on what they do best: Delivering unforgettable soccer matches. Our goal is to make the CPKC Stadium experience enjoyable, secure and memorable for all those who step through its gates.”

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