The Chattanooga Red Wolves Soccer Club is expanding the lineup of services and amenities that will be part of the professional team’s future stadium and surrounding mixed-use development, officials said. A VIP experience, beer garden, large youth area and space for events before and after the games are included in the designs for the $150 million development.
“We are proud to create the same professional soccer experience found in major cities in our own cities of East Ridge and Chattanooga,” said Bob Martino, the team owner.
“Creating this atmosphere for our soccer community is very special. From the beginning, this team has been dedicated to much more than the sport itself; we’ve been dedicated to creating a community of soccer lovers. This stadium will not only be home to the Chattanooga Red Wolves, but it will also be a gathering place for families and friends through the shared love of the beautiful game.”
The executive club will include VIP seating and a large social gathering space. The fully catered club will include an exclusive bar, elevated dining options, premium stadium entry, televisions and preferred parking. Executive club members will have premium game seating within the club or reserved luxury stadium seating immediately outside of the club. Season ticket holders are now able to purchase executive club packages.
The beer garden overlooking the goal line will accommodate hundreds of soccer fans over the age of 21. The covered beer garden will include a self-serve tap wall with rotating beers from local and regional breweries. The beer garden will also include a large social gathering space with elevated pub seating overlooking the supporters’ section directly in front of the field. The beer garden will be book ended by dining options and seating.
The children’s area will sit adjacent to the family seating section and include gathering space for parents to enjoy the game and socialize while remaining in immediate proximity to their children. The field-level zone will include inflatables, games and a playground. The area will also be shaded to provide relief from the heat during summer matchups.
The stadium amenities include sky suites, concessions, merchandise, staff offices, locker rooms and space for the team to meet. The player area will include five locker rooms, film room, cryotherapy, satellite gym, physical therapy and recovery room, coaching offices and a dining hall for players.
“While our vision for the stadium’s surrounding development will take time to complete, all of the elements needed for a true soccer experience will be ready to enjoy by next season,” said Sean McDaniel, president and general manager of the team. “We’ll have a field, seats and players. We’ll have the heart of our club, our fans. We look forward to sharing this experience with them for many years to come.”
Built out over the next three to five years, the property is expected to generate between $6 million and $7 million in tax revenue each year. When complete, the complex will include housing, shops, restaurants, hotels, community gathering and event spaces and expansive green spaces and trails.
“We are in contact with several hospitality groups that are interested in being part of our soccer community,” said Mr. Martino. “We look forward to sharing more information about our potential retailers in the near future.”
When not in use by the Chattanooga Red Wolves, Dalton Red Wolves, Lady Red Wolves or Academy teams, the stadium will act as a venue for specialty sporting events and other events such as concerts and festivals.
The clearing of land and construction preparation is on schedule. Significant progress is being made across the site, it was stated.