As the Chattanooga Red Wolves continue to craft their organization, they revealed a couple of key pieces to their identity Thursday with the presentation of the team crest as well as a first look at the team's new stadium, set to open in 2020.
The organization revealed the new information during a fan celebration at Edley's Bar-B-Que.
"For months, we have drawn inspiration from Chattanooga's natural beauty, iconic landmarks and the red wolf itself to create the team's crest," Red Wolves owner Bob Martino said in a news release. "This crest will be worn and celebrated by fans of all ages for generations to come. We are pleased to finally share the icon of professional soccer with the people of Chattanooga and surrounding areas."
The new soccer-specific facility will include sky suites, on-field suites, a fan zone, several dining options, a merchandise store, state-of-the-art scoreboard, a beer garden and hospitality areas. The stadium will have a U-shape configuration with seating along the sidelines to be covered to provide protection from the sun and rain.
The team already announced that it will play next season at David Stanton Field on the campus of Chattanooga Christian School while the planned stadium is being built. Additional amenities are being developed for the site during its temporary use, including hospitality with food trucks and a youth area with games.
The location of the Chattanooga Red Wolves stadium will be released in February 2019.
"A professional soccer team enables this venue to bring the best aspects of the game together to enhance the fan experience," Red Wolves president and general manager Sean McDaniel said in the release. "Fans can enjoy a full day of soccer activities when attending a Red Wolves match.
"We're thrilled to share images of what will be the home of professional soccer in the Scenic City. This stadium and the talented players, coaches and fans that fill it will forever put Chattanooga on the map of professional soccer cities."
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