Atlanta United to build $60 million training complex

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ATLANTA (AP) – Atlanta United FC says it will build a $60 million, privately funded training complex about 15 miles north of downtown in Marietta.

Owner Arthur Blank’s Major League Soccer expansion franchise will play its first season next year. Construction of the training complex, which includes a 30,000-square foot building, six fields and a youth academy, starts next April.

Team President Darren Eales and Marietta Mayor Steve Humlin joined Blank on Monday to announce the project.

Blank, the Home Depot co-founder and owner of the Atlanta NFL franchise since 2002, said construction on the Falcons’ and United’s $1.4 billion downtown Mercedes-Benz Stadium is on schedule to open June 1, 2017.

United will play most of its road games the first few months of the season with the MLS schedule beginning in March.

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