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Chattanooga Red Wolves commit to new stadium

Chattanooga Red Wolves SC will build a state-of-the-art, soccer-specific stadium in East Ridge, Tennessee as part of a mixed-use development.

Chattanooga Red Wolves are a US professional soccer club based in Chattanooga, Tennessee. They are a founding member of United Soccer League, League One, the third division of US soccer.

Team owner Bob Martino presented renderings and the layout for the area, which will include the first-class professional stadium, housing, retail, restaurants, a hotel and significant greenspaces in a $125 million investment in East Ridge and Chattanooga. He said:

I am laying out a vision for a community focused soccer and entertainment destination for our region. The Chattanooga Red Wolves Soccer Club was founded with the ultimate goal of strengthening our community through soccer, and this investment doubles down on my commitment to the region, our players and the soccer community.

People will be able to live, dine and play here, and experiencing professional soccer in a unique setting is at the heart of this development.

Martino’s plan includes 400 apartment and condominium units, 375 hotel rooms, 475,000ft2 of commercial space including the stadium and a network of walking and nature trails.

Over the next three to five years, the stadium and surrounding development will create 1,200 new jobs not including construction and other businesses.

The 100-acre property, which is within the city limits of East Ridge and Chattanooga, is expected to generate between $6 and $7 million in tax revenue each year.

Justin Papadakis, United Soccer League chief operating officer, said:

The Chattanooga Red Wolves under Bob Martino’s leadership have set the highest standard in introducing a professional soccer team to a community. Furthermore, the financial investment and economic impact he announced today represents his personal commitment to the people of Chattanooga and the region.

The soccer specific stadium will provide an up-close experience for soccer fans and added amenities including concessions, merchandise, VIP boxes and special areas for fans and families.

Sean McDaniel, Chattanooga Red Wolves president and general manager said:

Families and our fans will have the unique opportunity to enjoy a whole day of fun around a match or a weekend-long celebration of soccer.

Our dedicated fans are already contributing to an unforgettable inaugural season, and the support from the members of our wolf pack make today’s announcement event sweeter.

The soccer specific stadium will be available to host non-sporting activities such as concerts and other events. Construction will start within the coming months.