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Atlanta's Stadium

The Atlanta Beat, a WPS expansion club, has reached a deal with Kennesaw State University to build an 8,300-seat stadium at a cost of $16.5 million. The team is hoping to complete the project in time for next season. Kennesaw is about 25 miles northwest of downtown Atlanta.

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By Steve Goff  |  December 1, 2009; 1:27 PM ET
Categories:  Women  
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Great!
Everybody's getting a stadium but DC United!

Posted by: ussccr | December 1, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Glad to hear the Beat and KSU partnering up on this. Originally there were rumors a potential MLS team was going to do it which I think was a huge mistake. Kennesaw is too far away from significant soccer hotspots in Atlanta.

Posted by: FAkeemail9875 | December 1, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

press reports indicate it will be expandable to 22,000 seats for football.

Mister Chang . . . pony up my brother. Let's get it done here.

Posted by: OWNTF | December 1, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

100% correct, FAkeemail.

I think a small, shared stadium in the burbs makes a lot of sense for women's soccer. No beer, though. It should be an easy 15 minute drive for me on the weekends.

As for MLS in Atlanta, they need to aim higher. I don't want another Pizza Hut Park fiasco.

Posted by: Reignking | December 1, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Zzzz...

Posted by: OhBoyOhBoy | December 1, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

BTW, no news of this on the AJC. That's pathetic.

KSU is a really big school (that I had never heard of until I lived here for a few years). They are hoping to get a football program up and running, so I can see why they want to start small but maybe expand at some point.

Posted by: Reignking | December 1, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Looks nice - good for them

Posted by: Kev29 | December 1, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Get ready to punch yourself in the groin...

http://www.earthcam.com/clients/redbullarena/?cam=2

Posted by: Kev29 | December 1, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Some attention wh*re who posts on this site and his ridiculously cute daughter are featured in some pictures on Behind the Badge. :P

Posted by: sitruc | December 1, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

all the way from Hawaii
awesome!

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | December 1, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Just an fyi . . . right now the WC'10 draw holds featured position on espn.com. Haven't read the coverage yet. Must be a slow sports week.

Posted by: benonthehill | December 1, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Who wears black on the beach?

Posted by: Reignking | December 1, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Can't find water like that out here in Haymarket.

Great photos, DadRyan. I'm assuming MomRyan handled the camera?

Posted by: joedoc1 | December 1, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Seems it is similar in size to that facility where the Silverbacks play. Why don't they just ground share? Can't see women's soccer getting more than 8300 per game there if fewer than that go to the Silverbacks games.

Posted by: Charisma_Man | December 1, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

What happened in the meetings with Akridge and that site in SE?

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | December 1, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

And congratulations to the Beat... and yes, Kev, to the RedBulls as well. The more SSS we have, the better our sport will be in this country.

How's that Poplar Point business tax revenue coming, Mr. Mayor?

Posted by: joedoc1 | December 1, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

"Who wears black on the beach?"

Relax king...it's OK after Labor Day!

Posted by: soccerman | December 1, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Seems it is similar in size to that facility where the Silverbacks play. Why don't they just ground share? Can't see women's soccer getting more than 8300 per game there if fewer than that go to the Silverbacks games.

Posted by: Charisma_Man

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Posted by: Reignking | December 1, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

How's that Poplar Point business tax revenue coming, Mr. Mayor?

Posted by: joedoc1 | December 1, 2009 2:23 PM

Yep - I bet Ward 8 wouldn't mind hosting this event

http://redbull.newyork.mlsnet.com/news/team_news.jsp?ymd=20091116&content_id=7671418&vkey=news_rbn&fext=.jsp&team=t107

Posted by: Kev29 | December 1, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

>Kennesaw will not charge any usage fees so the Beat will make a profit.

Posted by: Reignking | December 1, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Reignking | December 1, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

think a small, shared stadium in the burbs makes a lot of sense for women's soccer. No beer, though. It should be an easy 15 minute drive for me on the weekends.

As for MLS in Atlanta, they need to aim higher. I don't want another Pizza Hut Park fiasco.

Posted by: Reignking | December 1, 2009 1:49 PM
_________________________________________

No beer? The beer garden at the 'Plex is arguably the best feature of Freedom matches. Good craft brews at reasonable prices, and more accessible than the spots inside RFK that sell similar brands.

Is much of the population growth in the Atlanta metropolitan area expected to be in the direction of Kennesaw? If so, it may be a smart move. (And given population projections for the Dallas area, it is not clear that PHP will be such a bad deal in the long run. Whatever you have to say about Frisco could have been said about Tysons Corner several decades ago.)

Kennesaw may get an occasional visit from the WNT.

Posted by: universityandpark | December 1, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Frisco = Tyson's Corner? I wouldn't go to more than two or three games in Tyson's Corner, even after the Metro service arrives (compared to my RFK average of six to eight per year).

Posted by: Miles_Standish_Proud | December 1, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Population growth in Atlanta is in every direction.

Actually, there has been a trend for more in-filling, but as for your families, they are going to be NW (Kennesaw), West (Cobb/Smyrna), and north and NE.

Posted by: Reignking | December 1, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Nice pictures DadRyan.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 1, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Re. Dallas, and Tysons "several decades ago" -- many stadiums don't last that long, or at least the owners start lobbying for more public contributions for a new one sooner than that.

2029: Governor Trig Palin held a press conference today to lend her support to the proposed new NRYB stadium, complaining that the old one does not have antigravity lofts.

Posted by: fallschurch1 | December 1, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Wait, Trig won't be old enough. One of the others, then.

Posted by: fallschurch1 | December 1, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

"The team is hoping to complete the project in time for next season."

Seriously? The beginning of next season? If they're going to mow the grass and put up bleachers, sure. But by late March-early April. Seriously? maybe the key word is "hoping."

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 1, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Great news from Atlanta - still awaiting news for DC United...When are they going to get this stadium deal done and in place? Anything like the new Red Bull Arena would be killer in the DC area.

Posted by: PremSoccerShop | December 1, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

If the Beat wear grey and the Freedom wear blue, they can have another Battle of Kennesaw Mountain.

Posted by: OWNTF | December 1, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Did someone say "beat"?!

"See the people walking down the street
Fall in line just watching all their feet
They don't know where they wanna go
But they're walking in time

They got the beat
They got the beat
They got the beat, yeah
They got the beat

See the kids just getting out of school
They can't wait to hang out and be cool
Hang around 'til quarter after twelve
That's when they fall in line

They got the beat
They got the beat
Kids got the beat, yeah
Kids got the beat..."

"We Got the Beat," The Go Go's, 1981

Posted by: joedoc1 | December 1, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

"Who wears black on the beach?"

Relax king...it's OK after Labor Day!

Posted by: soccerman | December 1, 2009 2:24 PM |
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It's Hawaii. I think the away kits would have been in order. I just picked up my first with this weekend's sale. Yes -- a VW insignia shirt. If they won't go away, I have to do something to break the curse myself...

Posted by: fischy | December 1, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Who wears black to the beach? Locals braddah...:^)

Those jerseys weren't on long. Couldn't pass up an opportunity to represent in such a picturesque setting. I didn't realize Kyle would make such a meal out of it though! ;^)

Posted by: DadRyan | December 1, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone say The Beat?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bM0wVjU2-k

Two dozen other dirty lovers must be a sucker for it. Cry cry but I don't need my mother. Just hold my hand while I come to a decision on it.

Sooner or later your legs give way, you hit the ground
Save it for later don't run away and let me down.
Sooner or later you hit the deck you get found out
Save it for later don't run away and let me down, you let me down.

Black air and seven seas all rotten through
But what can you do? I don't know how I'm meant to act with all of you lot. Sometimes I don't try, I just... now now now now now now now now now now now Now now now now now now now now now now now

Sooner or later your legs give way, you hit the ground. Save it for later don't run away and let me down. Sooner or later you hit the deck you get found out. Save it for later don't run away and let me down. You runaway runaway and let me down.

Two dozen other stupid reasons why we should suffer for this. Don't bother trying to explain them. Just hold my hand while I come to a decision on it.

Sooner or later your legs give way, you hit the ground. Save it for later don't run away and let me down. Sooner or later you'll hit the deck you'll get found out. Save it for later don't runaway and let me down, you let me down. You run away run away runaway runaway runaway runaway
And let me down.

Posted by: fischy | December 1, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Guzan error leads to Pompey goal

Portsmouth 2 - Aston Villa 3

Then Villa run straight back down the pitch and score, 2-4.

Posted by: Kev29 | December 1, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

I see no joy
I only sorrow
I see no chance of your bright new tomorrow
So Stand Down Margaret...Stand down, please...

Posted by: fischy | December 1, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Where is Jacob-from-Atlanta-ish on this thread and the trends in Atlanta sprawl? Shouldn't he chime in on where exactly the -ish is?

Slow soccer news days are actually one of the good things about the Insider. It gets us on to all sorts of interesting topics.

Can't wait for Friday's WC Draw!

Posted by: WorldCup | December 1, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Beat It, Beat It
No One Wants To Be Defeated
Showin' How Funky Strong Is Your Fight
It Doesn't Matter Who's Wrong Or Right

Someone had to do it.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 1, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

By the way -- that's a nice looking stadium drawing. Great facility, if it happens. 8300?? For WPS? I guess they could have the final there, because otherwise it's probably 2x what they need.

Posted by: fischy | December 1, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

man I think I need to get into stadium design cause the overall look is just so...ugh.
They include the small rose garden (patch of green)in every park. Dont like it.

o well at least they have a place to play of their own.

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | December 1, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

From an Atlantan:

The stadium has been in the works and under construction for a while. The partnership with the Beat is new. Kennesaw State is the third largest college in the state with an enrollment of 23k so they should be plenty large enough to support a football team and play in the stadium down the road if they wish. Georgia State University downtown will be getting a football team next year.

As far as the location it is not far from a population center. It is conveniently located in Cobb County a county with a population of 700k and on a weekend this stadium would be a 20 minute drive from downtown Atlanta on one of the busiest interstates in America. Within a 30 minute drive I would guess 3 million people are located. Unfortunately Cobb County opted out of the MARTA heavy rail system and therefore there will not be really good public transportation ever to this facility.

As far as the Silverbacks facility I believe the capacity currently is around 3k and it is on a different side of town a little closer to downtown located next to a massive interstate interchange. During the last season the Backs men played there there were still porta potties and the parking lot was gravel and to get to it you had to drive down a two lane access road. Also the Silverbacks organization get a lot of money from using their facilities from clubs playing their and they have a USL women's team that has been fairly successful over the years and the men are supposed to start in the NASL in 10'.

Posted by: csd1 | December 1, 2009 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Someone up there mentioned the Silverbacks, and since they're being brought back to life in the resurrected NASL next year...I guess they were nowhere to be found when this new facility was being planned/announced? You'd think the two pro soccer organizations in Atlanta would be working together.

Oh JacobfromAtlanta-ish, your name is being called...

Posted by: SportzNut21 | December 1, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Did someone say "Atlanta"?!

"I hear a wind
Whistling air
Whispering in my ear

Boy mercury shooting through every degree
Oh girl dancing down those dirty and dusty trails
Take it hip to hip rocking through the wilderness
Around the world the trip begins with a kiss

Roam if you want to roam around the world
Roam if you want to without wings without wheels
Roam if you want to roam around the world
Roam if you want to without anything but the love we feel..."

"Roam," The B-52s, 1989

Posted by: joedoc1 | December 1, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Oh, Atlanta...

Posted by: fischy | December 1, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

The AJC will pull the story off the wire and run it later this week I am sure. Today they got bigger chickens to fry...

http://www.ajc.com/news/poultry-farm-fire-kills-221373.html

Posted by: csd1 | December 1, 2009 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Someone up there mentioned the Silverbacks, and since they're being brought back to life in the resurrected NASL next year...I guess they were nowhere to be found when this new facility was being planned/announced? You'd think the two pro soccer organizations in Atlanta would be working together.

Oh JacobfromAtlanta-ish, your name is being called...

Posted by: SportzNut21 | December 1, 2009 5:52 PM


The Silverbacks already have a womens team in the W-league. The Beat will be competition.

Posted by: SonicDeathMonkey | December 1, 2009 6:36 PM | Report abuse

The B-52s are from Athens -- you should've gone with the Black Crowes.

Posted by: Reignking | December 1, 2009 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Sweet! The Beat -can- sell beer, despite "reports".

Posted by: Reignking | December 1, 2009 9:39 PM | Report abuse

The Silverbacks already have a womens team in the W-league. The Beat will be competition.

Posted by: SonicDeathMonkey | December 1, 2009 6:36 PM | Report abuse

My understanding is the Beat will be WPS, which is first-division for women; the Silverbacks women play in the W-League, which is second division. Still seems to me that everyone should be working together for a single soccer facility for Atlanta.

Posted by: SportzNut21 | December 1, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Having grown up in Cobb County and having played club soccer a couple of miles from this site it is a decent location. It would be the equivalent of placing a stadium at Fair Oaks Mall at 66 and Route 50. The major difference being that from downtown Atlanta to Kennesaw you have 4 or 5 lanes of highway all the way from downtown, whereas here - you are pretty much stuck with 2 lanes.

To chose a stadium location in Atlanta one confronts many of the same issues as DC. You either have to go downtown which presents its own issues or chose a suburb, which ends up alienating half of the city.

Kennesaw is in Cobb County (similar to Fairfax in terms of age, size, and wealth with older areas closer in and new growth spreading out. The stadium will be convenient to where the North Atlanta Soccer Association (roots in East Cobb/Metro North/Canterbury/Cobb Union/United Quest clubs) plays its games. Years ago, these were the boonies, but today, they are pretty close in when you consider how much farther out the Atlanta suburbs have stretched.

Anyway, Kennesaw State and soccer in Atlanta sure have come a long way since the days of Graham Tutt Soccer Camps at Kennesaw College.

Someone mentioned where the Silver Backs play - location wise it would be like going from Fair Oaks to Wisconsin Ave in Bethesda.

One other comment, one can't really compare MARTA in Atlanta to Metro, so wheras in DC taking Metro to a United game is an option for most of the fan base, in Atlanta, even if you built a stadium on top of a MARTA station, it still would not make sense for the vast majority of the fan base.

Posted by: Chris-n-Fairfax | December 1, 2009 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Athens? Huh. Well, it's all Greek to me.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | December 1, 2009 10:59 PM | Report abuse

For a women's team which is aiming to draw families, Cobb County is not in the boonies. Folks are programmed in Atlanta to throw the kids in the car and drive 15 miles on the interstate.

If there is any thought of putting an MLS team out there, its way to far out. Not many young professionals live that far out. At least not the types that are gonna go see anything other than SEC football.

Same with Pizza Hut Park. Sure more people may be moving in that direction, but not the types of folks that create Seattle, Toronto, or even DC type atmosphere.

The goal of the MLS is not to draw 10K parents and kids. Its to draw 15K diehard supporters and have 10K parents and families join in the fun.

Posted by: srfinger | December 2, 2009 8:14 AM | Report abuse

Wouldn't it be neat if people could take MARTA to see Marta? But I guess that is not to be.

Posted by: universityandpark | December 2, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

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