At the beginning of December, the Atlanta Beat announced their partnership with Kennesaw State University to build a brand new 8,300-seat soccer stadium. Both the women’s soccer team at KSU and the Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) team will play their home matches at the new, first-rate stadium.
The Beat are an expansion side going into the 2010 season but will be looking to make a big splash in their debut season in the WPS. It has begun with the construction of the stadium, which will be a women’s soccer specific stadium—the first stadium of its kind in the WPS, and across the nation. It’s a huge step for the organization as well as the league as a whole.
The hopes for the future are evident in Atlanta General Manager Shawn McGee’s statement: “We certainly hope to host US National team games, the NCAA College Cup, and international friendlies in addition to all of our WPS games.”
With the project scheduled to be completed by the start of the WPS season in the spring of 2010, these hopes could become reality in the upcoming years, especially with the build-up to the 2011 Women’s World Cup beginning next year.
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