Two members resign from Chattanooga Lookouts stadium panel after 2 months

Mayor Weston Wamp says it’s indicative of a rush job on the project

Staff Photo by Robin Rudd / A bicyclist uses the Tennessee Riverwalk as he passes the former U.S. Pipe/Wheland Foundry site on June 14, 2022. The former foundry property is to hold a new stadium for the Chattanooga Lookouts and other development.

Two members of the panel overseeing plans for a new Chattanooga Lookouts stadium — including its chairman — have resigned, citing time constraints, two months after the panel was created.

Hamilton County Mayor Weston Wamp said Wednesday he's concerned the resignations on the city-county Sports Authority are "the first hard evidence of a process that was rushed."

Wamp said in a telephone interview when he and Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly meet next week to discuss the resignations, that they may have to "entertain a reconstitution of the panel."

"There already was an attendance problem, and now there's an experience problem in terms of a finance and development background," he said about the seven-member panel.

John Shearburn, the managing director of private equity firm Warburg Pincus who was the Sports Authority's chairman, and Mitch Patel, CEO of Chattanooga-based hotel developer Vision Hospitality Group, have resigned, said Kirsten Yates, the city's senior adviser for communications.