KSU and Atlanta Beat to build a new stadium in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Kennesaw, GA (Dec. 1, 2009) – Atlanta Beat Owner Fitz Johnson and Kennesaw State University President Dr. Daniel S. Papp announced a partnership to construct a $16.5 million, 8,300-seat soccer stadium in Kennesaw, Georgia.

The stadium, located on a 21-acre parcel of land, lies between George Busbee Parkway and the I-575 overpass on Big Shanty Road. It will be home to both the Atlanta Beat Women’s Professional Soccer team and the KSU Owls women’s soccer program.

“This stadium will be the only women’s soccer-specific stadium of its kind in the world,” said Beat Owner Johnson. “I think this partnership is a great match between KSU and the Atlanta Beat.”

“This first-class facility is the perfect venue in which to showcase our championship women’s soccer program,” said KSU President Dr. Papp.

Scheduled for completion in Spring 2010, the stadium will host all Atlanta Beat home games for the team’s 2010 inaugural season.

“We are honored and excited to be in the process of building this stadium,” said Beat General Manager Shawn McGee. “Our goal is to make this facility the focus for soccer in the southeast and to take soccer to new level in this area of the country.”

“We certainly hope to host US National Team soccer games, the NCAA College Cup, and international friendlies in addition to all of our WPS games.”

The stadium will function primarily for soccer events with sideline, family section, on-field and suite level seating. However, it also accommodates up to 16,000 patrons as a concert venue.


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