MARTA and Soccer In The Streets celebrate the official opening of Station Soccer at Lindbergh Center Station

0

MARTA and Soccer in the Streets, along with the City of Atlanta and the Atlanta United Foundation, hosted a community celebration and soccer tournament to mark the grand opening of StationSoccer at Lindbergh Center Station. The football field, which is adjacent to MARTA headquarters on Piedmont Rd. in Atlanta opened in 2020 and the celebration was delayed due to COVID-19.

“We are thrilled to officially celebrate StationSoccer in Lindbergh with our valued partners at Soccer in the Streets, the City of Atlanta and the Atlanta United Foundation,” said Collie Greenwood, MARTA’s interim managing director and CEO. “This is a meaningful place for us as it is right across from our headquarters, and we wanted to make sure players, stakeholders, community members and MARTA employees had the opportunity to celebrate. the football pitch and the entire StationSoccer program.”

The brainchild of Soccer in the Streets, StationSoccer is a city-wide project to create a network of soccer fields linked by MARTA, eventually forming a league of ten stations that are affordable and easily accessible by public transit. StationSoccer launched at Five Points Station in 2016, resulting in the world’s first football pitch built inside a transit station, and has since expanded to West End in 2018, to East Point in 2019 and most recently at Kensington Station in June.

“Atlanta is a soccer city, whether it’s at Mercedes-Benz Stadium where we’ll be hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup, or at our MARTA stations across the city,” said Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens. “StationSoccer is a unique and innovative collaboration to bring recreational opportunities to every part of our great city. I am thrilled that we are officially opening StationSoccer at Lindbergh Center Station, adding to our existing four courts and many more to come.

“It was the moment we’ve been waiting for, StationSoccer Lindbergh has been built during the pandemic and although COVID has limited us in our ability to fully schedule as we would have liked, we are so happy to be able to officially launch the pitches in a such a unique journey with new program partners in addition to our original founding partners. Most importantly, we hope the communities of Lindbergh and surrounding areas have enjoyed this day and look forward to many more at their new StationSoccer grounds. said Sanjay Patel, Director of Strategic Projects, Soccer in the Streets.

MARTA and Soccer in the Streets, along with founding partners the City of Atlanta and the Atlanta United Foundation received additional support for StationSoccer at the Lindbergh Center from partners American Family Insurance, Georgia Power, Jacobs, HNTB , MBoB, HKS, Rubenstein Partners, CHOA and MUSCO.

The StationSoccer program will continue to grow over the next few years, with plans for station grounds at Doraville, East Lake, Bankhead, HE Holmes and Civic Center, completing the ‘League of Stations’. To find out more visit StationSoccer ™ – The Story – Soccer in the Streets (soccerstreets.org).

Photo credits: MARTA, City of Atlanta

This is sponsored content.
Share.

Comments are closed.