USL League One‘s Chattanooga Red Wolves SC has announced plans to build a soccer-specific stadium, with the venue planned for a 2020 opening.
The Red Wolves are a member of USL League One, the circuit formerly known as USL Division III. The Red Wolves will begin play in 2019 as part of the league’s inaugural season, with their home matches to be staged at Chattanooga Christian School’s David Stanton Field. David Stanton Field is intended as a temporary home, however, with the Red Wolves revealing today that they intend to build a soccer-specific stadium for the 2020 season.
David Stanton Field seats 3,500, and the club plans to install additional temporary seating allowing up to approximately 5,000 fans at each game.
“Building our own soccer-specific stadium allows us to create an atmosphere true to our fans, team and the sport that can’t be replicated elsewhere,” said team owner Bob Martino. “Making Chattanooga a better place to live, work and play through creating a family oriented soccer experience is a priority for us. As I said when I first announced the team, I am personally and professionally committed to Chattanooga. This stadium will have an enormous economic impact around the region.”
The new planned stadium will be designed to include skyboxes, a fan zone, several dining options, a merchandise store and hospitality areas. Martino is considering developing retail stores, commercial buildings and housing surrounding the stadium.
Additional amenities are being developed for David Stanton Field, including hospitality with food trucks and youth area with games.
“Chattanooga Christian School has outstanding athletic facilities including a brand new weight room,” said Sean McDaniel, president and general manager of Chattanooga Red Wolves SC. “We are grateful for the school and President Chad Dirkse allowing us to use their home field while our stadium is being built.”
In looking at the upcoming year, CCS and the team determined use of the stadium is compatible with other scheduled school functions.
“Our school has a strong soccer program we are very proud of,” said Chattanooga Christian School President Chad Dirkse. “We believe this partnership will deepen the soccer roots at our school and in our community.”