Partnership between KSU and Atlanta Beat to culminate in new soccer stadium

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Construction of Phase II of the Sports & Recreation Park includes 8,300-seat stadium KENNESAW…

Georgia (Dec 1, 2009)

Construction of Phase II of the


Scheduled for completion in spring 2010, the stadium is a major component of Phase II of the university’s new

“This exciting partnership is just the kind of high-profile, high-caliber endeavor that’s cementing

The Atlanta Beat has signed a letter of intent with the KSU Foundation indicating their desire to lease the facility, starting next spring. The Atlanta Beat’s season runs from April to September, while the Lady Owls season is played in the fall, from late August to November.

“This stadium will be the only professional women’s soccer-specific stadium of its kind in the world,” said Atlanta Beat owner T. Fitz Johnson. “I think this partnership is a great match between KSU and the Atlanta Beat.” 

A private donor has committed to funding luxury suites for the stadium, as well as upgraded seating, scoreboards and stadium lighting.

“The KSU Foundation has been committed to the development of the

In November, the KSU women’s soccer team won its second Atlantic Sun Conference championship in the last three seasons, earning its second trip to the NCAA national championship tournament. The Owls 2009 season ended with a 2-0 loss to the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in the NCAA Women’s College Cup Nov. 13. The Owls ended the 2009 campaign with an 11-7-0 record.

After winning the A-Sun championship, six Owls were named to the A-Sun All-Tournament Team, including Thais Gibson, Jade Dempster, Caitlin Dingle, Maylee Attin-Johnson, Bridgett Gaughan and Staci Pugh, who was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

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Pictured in photo, from left, KSU President Daniel S. Papp; Connie L. Engel, KSU Foundation vice chair and real estate committee chair; Robert A. King, KSU women's soccer head coach and T. Fitz Johnson, Atlanta Beat Women's Professional Soccer owner and CEO


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