Truly a miracle project, this world class soccer stadium represents not only a milestone for Kennesaw State University’s (KSU) propulsion into top-tier athletics, but also Choate’s ability to successfully conquer massive rain delays and pull out a genuine miracle. The stadium, home to both KSU’s women’s soccer team and the Atlanta Beat Women’s Professional Soccer team, is the only stadium of this size in the world designated specifically for women’s soccer.
Constructed on 22 acres, the 8,325 seat stadium contains 15,187 tons of concrete, 3,675 feet of fence, 17,350 square yards of asphalt paving, 8,390 feet of curb and gutter, 1,500 light fixtures, 500,000 LEDs in the scoreboard, 7,842 square feet of decorate pavers, 20 miles of electrical conduit, 70 miles of electrical wire, over two miles of steel railing, over four acres of championship sod, and two acres of synthetic turf.
While these numbers are staggering, it’s the schedule statistics that really tell the true story of this project. Designed to be constructed in eight months, incredible rain delays stole three months of time, or 40%, from the construction schedule. Undeterred, the project team completed this stadium in an inconceivable five months, ready for the grand opening and first game of the Atlanta Beat season.
Fans enjoy extraordinary concessions, upgraded club level seating, ten luxury suites, and broadcast-quality field lighting. Player benefits include a team facility building complete with custom millwork lockers, coach’s offices, showers, and hydrotherapy equipment. The team facility building is partially subterranean so the cast-in-place concrete roof can double as a stage for concert events. The standing seam metal roof for the concessions, restrooms, and support buildings mimic the profile of KSU’s historic mountain range, which is also depicted in KSU’s logo.
The stadium placement takes into account the inherent beauty of the site by utilizing a natural bowl in the existing topography to make the facility less obtrusive to its surrounding neighbors, while still accommodating 8,325 spectators for matches and up to 16,000 for planned concert events.
Choate was involved from a pre-construction standpoint starting in March of 2009 and assisted Rossetti (Architect) in selecting local structural and MEP consultants to assemble the complete “design team.” Choate remained heavily involved for the next six months in the design process to assist in budget control, schedule, and resolving constructability issues.
The stadium is a major component of Phase II of the University’s Sports & Recreation Park; the successful completion of Phase I by Choate Construction no doubt led to the repeat work of the soccer stadium. Phase I features two state-of-the-art synthetic-turf fields and the 16,000 SF Owls Nest indoor training facility.