Photo courtesy of Chattanooga Red Wolves SC
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The East Ridge City Council approved plans for Chattanooga Red Wolves SC’s professional training center on the grounds of Camp Jordan in a unanimous vote last week.
The complex will include a multiple fields, home and visitor locker rooms, concessions and a box office and will be home to the professional club, community events, and youth soccer programming. Red Wolves SC, USL League Two’s Dalton Red Wolves, and the WPSL’s Lady Red Wolves will use the first-class facility for training.
Red Wolves SC owner Bob Martino sees the development project as an opportunity to invest in the community and help continue the growth of the game of soccer in Chattanooga.
“From the beginning, I’ve been dedicated to making a significant investment in this community and the region,” said Martino. “This facility is not only an important stepping stone in the creation of our professional team, but it’s also an opportunity for children and adults alike to enjoy the sport in a state-of-the-art environment. We look forward to breaking ground on this first-rate complex in the coming months.”
Red Wolves President and General Manager Sean McDaniel views the training complex as an opportunity to create an unrivaled professional experience in the city. Heading into the club’s inaugural season, a complex of this kind will continue to raise the standards of professional soccer in Chattanooga and attract quality players to the city.
“This partnership with the city of East Ridge is a game changer for us and our mission to build the professional soccer experience in the region,” said McDaniel. “We thank the city council, interim City Manager Kenny Custer and Mayor Brian Williams for being part of the Red Wolves’ mission to bring professional soccer to this community.”
The impact of the development project extends beyond the four lines of the soccer field. The facility will create new employment opportunities in East Ridge and lead to further development in the areas surrounding the complex.
“The Red Wolves’ passion for our community and professional soccer contributes greatly to our master plan for Camp Jordan and the surrounding area,” said interim City Manager Kenny Custer. “A regional training center will bring additional restaurants, hotels and attractions to the area. It not only puts us on the map for regional sporting events, but it also represents a major investment in our community. Youth are an important focus for East Ridge and having access to these professional athletes will not only develop better youth players, but it will also develop them as people.”
The city plans to break ground on the new Camp Jordan complex in the coming months. Meanwhile, Red Wolves SC is working towards its inaugural match against North Texas SC on March 30 and continuing to explore locations for the club’s soccer-specific stadium.