With three days to go before Atlanta United kicks off their inaugural season against the New York Red Bulls at Bobby Dodd Stadium, the team announced that they have come to a naming rights agreement with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta for their new training ground on Franklin Gateway in Marietta near I-75.
The complex, which will be called the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Training Ground, is being billed as one of the most state-of-the-art and technologically advanced facilities of its kind in the country. While its primary focus will be to develop the senior roster, it will be used by Atlanta United FC Academy and will also host several soccer tournaments on its six fields.
“We are very excited to announce the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Training Ground,” said club president Darren Eales. “Children’s is a well-known and respected organization that shares many of Atlanta United’s core values, especially involving community support. Children’s will be an invaluable asset for our club with the expertise to care for our academy teams as well as our younger first team players.”
While the complex is not 100% completed as of yet, the team has trained there on a few occasions, with the majority of their time spent up at the Falcons’ training facilities in Flowery Branch.
Arthur Blank has mentioned several times that the club’s goal is to compete in MLS right out of the gate. While they have added several players to the roster to help achieve that, the training ground arguably plays the most important part in getting them to that point.