Atlanta United announced this summer that they will bring Major League Soccer to the Southeast as the league’s 22nd franchise. Yesterday, the City of Marietta and Atlanta United entered into a binding memorandum of understanding to build a state-of-the-art headquarters and training complex in the Franklin Road Corridor in Marietta.
The project represents more than $50 million in new investment by Atlanta United to the area and approximately 80 high-paying jobs by 2017. Originally, this project was slated for DeKalb County, so this is a big win for OTP, Marietta, Cobb County and of course, soccer fans all around the area.
The Marietta facility will serve as a training ground for the club’s first team and youth academy program and will be the host site for various youth development programs and tournaments. The 32 +/- acre site will include six soccer fields and will serve as the headquarters for Atlanta United players and staff. The facility is a catalytic economic development project announcement for Franklin Road.
Atlanta United matches will be played at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium beginning in 2017. The club’s avid fan base has set records in fan participation with 26,000 seats reserved to date for the 2017 inaugural season. Atlanta United is owned by one of the city’s most influential businessmen and philanthropists, Arthur M. Blank, and is led by club President Darren Eales.
This is another big win for Cobb county with the Braves stadium being built just 2.5 miles away, and downtown Marietta building their outdoor ice-skating rink and New Years Ball Drop. Lots of excitement OTP!