Atlanta United FC kicks off soccer stadium construction in Marietta

MARIETTA, Ga. — Atlanta’s new Major League Soccer team, Atlanta United Football Club, will locate its new headquarters and training complex on a 32-acre site in the Franklin Road corridor.

The Marietta City Council and Atlanta United have entered into a binding memorandum of understanding to build a training center, offices  and six soccer fields on the site to serve as the headquarters for players and staff. In addition the site will be the training ground for the club’s youth academy program, and host youth development programs and tournaments.

Planning for the facility begins immediately with construction to begin by January 2016. Atlanta United’s first season begins in March 2017. The team will play at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in downtown Atlanta.

The club will invest more than $50 million and create approximately 80 new jobs by 2017 with the project, according to a news release from Atlanta United.

“Since the approval of the Franklin Road Redevelopment Bond by City of Marietta voters in November 2013, the City has worked tirelessly to revitalize the Franklin Road Corridor,” said Marietta Mayor Steve Tumlin in a recent news release.  “On behalf of the City Council and myself, we would like to thank the citizens of this great City who gave us the ability to purchase the dilapidating properties along Franklin Road and market that greenspace for economic development projects.  It is because of the trust the citizens instilled in the City that we are now able to call ourselves ‘Home to Atlanta United!’”

Atlanta United matches will be played at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium beginning in 2017.

“We are very pleased to have found a home in the City of Marietta for our training complex, which further enhances the great support we’ve already received from the soccer community in Cobb County,” said Atlanta United President Darren Eales. “We look forward to not only developing a world class training facility, but also to engaging with the community and contributing to the revitalization of the Franklin Road Corridor.”

Atlanta United will also partner with the city of Marietta to develop a joint use community park along Rottenwood Creek and trails, bringing multi-use fields to youth in the community within walking distance of the training complex. The additional fields, which will be paid for, owned, maintained and managed by Marietta Parks and Recreation, will give the city and Atlanta United the ability to host tournaments and community events.

Image courtesy of Atlanta United FC

Source: Atlanta United Football Club

Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

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