Chattanooga, Tenn. -- Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and other elected officials joined Chattanooga Red Wolves Soccer Club owner Bob Martino on Tuesday in East Ridge to break ground on the professional team's future stadium and the surrounding mixed-use development. Tuesday signaled the beginning of a $125-million investment in East Ridge and Chattanooga with a significant economic impact on the county, region and state, officials said.
"The groundbreaking of this innovative facility is an exciting step forward for sports fans across the state and the city of Chattanooga," Lee said. "Chattanooga is already a world-class destination for tourism and business, and this new growth will only add to the city's attractive destinations and economy. We commend Bob Martino and the Red Wolves Soccer Club for choosing to invest in Tennessee."
The area in East Ridge along I-75 South will feature a state-of-the-art, soccer-specific stadium, housing, shops, restaurants, a hotel and expansive greenspaces and trails.
"From my first day in Chattanooga, I have been looking for an opportunity to unite my passion for sports and real estate, and today I'm seeing a dream come to life for a community centered around sports. This development will be here for a long time, and generations of families ...