With the arrival of the Chattanooga Red Wolves Soccer Club, two professional soccer clubs are faced with the question of whether both can survive in the Scenic City.
For the homegrown Chattanooga Football Club, which has had an average attendance of 3,600 fans in 94 home games since debuting in 2009, officials’ belief is the market is not big enough for both to survive.
“Both clubs agree this is an extraordinary city,” CFC chairman Tim Kelly said. “While it is possible rivalries can create an expanding market, when you divide numbers it is not a big enough market for us both by any normal calculation. The Red Wolves’ intent is to put us out of business, but we have said from the start we are never going to leave Chattanooga.”