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A stadium is born in Kennesaw

There’s been so much written and said about the new Kennesaw State University stadium that will be christened Sunday night in the Atlanta Beat home opener — and will become the first soccer-specific facility built with the women’s game in mind — that I’ll just share with you here all the linky goodness I’ve found:

World Football Insider

SB Nation

Atlanta Soccer Blog (check out the pictures from last Sunday’s grand opening)

The Equalizer

Soccer By Ives

I’ll keep adding more links as I see ’em.


May 8, 2010   1 Comment

Beat announces ticket plan, but not schedule

The Women’s Professional Soccer league rolled out its slate of home openers for the 2010 season earlier this week, with a couple of glaring exceptions.

One of them, of course, is the Atlanta Beat, which just recently announced plans to play in a yet-to-be-built facility near the Kennesaw State University campus. No timeline was put on completion, but according to The Equalizer, the Atlanta home opener will take place on an unspecified date in mid-May.

The Beat will play its inaugural game on April 10 in Philadelphia, the other expansion team coming online this spring. Here’s a diagram of the stadium seating chart, and other ticket information. The prices shown are for the entire home schedule.

Team and league officials have not indicated when they will announce more information on the Beat home opener, except that it will be after the first of the year.

• In another item of interest to women’s soccer fans, former U.S. great Michelle Akers is having to sell off some of her soccer memorabilia to repair a horse farm she operates in Cobb County. The property was waterlogged in recent flooding in the Atlanta area, and the WPS and her former national team coach, Tony DiCicco, are asking fans to lend her a helping hand.

The estimated costs are $50,000, and Akers did not have flood insurance, like many victims of the heavy rains. Here’s more on Akers’ farm, which is aimed at horse rescue.

December 18, 2009   No Comments

Atlanta Beat to play at Kennesaw State complex

The news is now official, and it’s been the worst kept secret on the Atlanta soccer scene for about the last six months.

The Atlanta Beat has announced that it will play its home games at the new soccer complex being built at Kennesaw State University.

Beat owner T. Fitz Johnson proclaims the 8,300-seat facility will be the first women’s soccer-specific stadium in the world.

All team officials previously had said since the new Women’s Professional Soccer League expansion franchise was unveiled in June is that it was looking for a base in Cobb County. Even after Cobb commissioners gave the green light to KSU for the $16.5 million complex.

More here and here.

December 1, 2009   1 Comment

UGA soccer shellacked by LSU

The 8th-ranked Georgia women’s team took a five-game winning streak into Baton Rouge Friday and barely came out alive as LSU roared to a 4-0 victory in the SEC opener for both teams.

This was the latest date in any season the Lady Bulldogs (7-1-1) had gone unbeaten. But wow, what a way to take that first one on the chin . . . in the gut . . . and to the kneecaps. They they take on Arkansas on Sunday in Fayetteville.

In other women’s scores Friday, Georgia Southern was blanked 3-0 by Appalachian State. Kennesaw State, which shut out Stetson 3-0 on Friday, plays host to Florida Gulf Coast Sunday at 1 p.m.

The Georgia State men’s team will try to play its Colonial Athletic Association opener at 2 p.m. Saturday against Hofstra at Panthersville Stadium, weather permitting.

The Lady Panthers are on the road against William & Mary Sunday.

September 26, 2009   No Comments

Atlanta Beat still mum on Kennesaw soccer site

The motion had barely been seconded when all five green bulbs lit up at once: Kennesaw State University’s ambitious plans for a $20 million soccer complex were given the unanimous approval of the Cobb Board of Commissioners.

The 5-0 vote Tuesday morning rezoned nearly 90 acres of KSU Foundation-owned land off George Busbee Parkway, Busbee Drive and Big Shanty Road for a facility that includes an 8,500-seat stadium, six other soccer fields, walking trails and picnic areas.

The stadium location has been mentioned as a possible home for the newly revived Atlanta Beat, who will begin play next spring in the Women’s Professional Soccer League.

The commissioners approved the rezoning request without comment — their action was expected following a similar vote by the Cobb planning commission.

But the Beat still has not commented except to say that no decision has been made about a venue. The team did not have a representative at the zoning meeting.

“Where are we going to play? We don’t know yet is the official answer,” Beat general manager Shawn McGee told youth coaches at a Saturday meeting of the Georgia State Soccer Association. “It’s not a big secret that there have been talks with Kennesaw State, but we’re still looking at other options.”

Beat owner T. Fitz Johnson, a Cobb resident, has said he wants his team to play in Cobb, which is among the youth soccer hotbeds in metro Atlanta. Neither he nor McGee has elaborated on any other possibilities.

KSU is expected to begin construction later this year with the intention of having the facility ready for the spring. The complex will also be the home to the school’s women’s soccer program.

July 21, 2009   1 Comment

Drawing a Beat on soccer in Kennesaw

The frequent speculation about the creation of a major soccer complex at Kennesaw State University is quickly turning into a reality.

The $20 million proposal calls for a cluster of facilities, including an 8,500-seat stadium that is the likely home for the newly revived Atlanta Beat, as well as additional fields.

On Tuesday the Cobb Planning Commission took up a rezoning request that will get the formal process started.

And it gave approval as easy as a penalty kick; the Cobb Board of Commissioners is expected to act on July 21.

Yet Beat owner Fitz Johnson remains shy about saying specifically where in Cobb he wants to locate his new Women’s Professional Soccer franchise.

C’mon, Fitz!

July 7, 2009   3 Comments