On Wednesday, the NCAA announced Chattanooga as the host city for six national championships, naming CHI Memorial Stadium, home of the Chattanooga Red Wolves professional soccer team, as the host venue for the 2023 and 2024 Mens and Womens DII Soccer National Championships.
“This is only the beginning of what we see as a long standing partnership between CHI Memorial Stadium, Chattanooga Sports Commission and the Cities of East Ridge and Chattanooga. Professional sports brings communities together and creates city and state pride. Our organization will continue to work in this direction and increase professional sports in Chattanooga,” said Red Wolves’ owner Bob Martino.
“Our recognition in the national spotlight is a result of true teamwork and shows that communities, cities, area professionals and a development organization like ours can create amazing results. Congratulations to those that put in all the hard work to showcase this facility and this great city on a national stage.”
CHI Memorial Stadium broke ground just over a year ago and hosted the first live professional sports in the city in 2020 with the Chattanooga Red Wolves home opener on August 1st. After completion of the Red Wolves home season in October, CHI Memorial Stadium and the surrounding area will move into its next phase of construction including a roughly 2000 sq. ft Video scoreboard, Digital Field Runner Boards, lights, and completion of the Sky Suites and Executive Club. The $150 million mixed use community surrounding Tennessee’s first professional soccer stadium has recently begun construction on one of the residential elements. There will be many exciting new components introduced and it will continue to grow and develop between now and the 2023 national championships.
“CHI Memorial Stadium is a place where our community can enjoy all levels of soccer, and hosting a NCAA championship is a great opportunity for our region,” said Sean McDaniel, general manager of Chattanooga Red
Wolves SC. “Showcasing our city on a national stage in such a wonderful venue is something we can all be proud of.”
While Chattanooga has hosted various NCAA championships in the past, this will be the city’s first ever DII soccer championships.
“Today’s announcement is a big win for our community, our sports scene and our region’s economy,” said Tim Morgan, chief sports officer of Chattanooga Sports, a division of the Chattanooga Tourism Co.