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Official Review by Lloyd Brown, Stadium Journey Special Correspondent
Back in 2008, the powers that be at Kennesaw State University set out to develop an athletics program befitting the state’s third-largest state university. The school has always fielded strong baseball and basketball programs, but needed room to expand for field sports. Showing the wisdom characterized by the school mascot, The Owl, they created the KSU Sports and Recreation Park. The centerpiece of the park is Fifth Third Bank Stadium at KSU, an 8,300-seat stadium which opened in 2010. In addition to University-based athletics, the stadium has played host to the last two Championship games for Major League Lacrosse.
This year’s game featured a re-match between last year’s finalists, the Denver Outlaws and the Rochester Rattlers. Rochester jumped out to an early lead, which they held for a majority of the match. The 4th quarter featured a fierce Denver comeback from a four-goal deficit, with the winning shot being scored by Denver’s Drew Snider with just 56 seconds left in the game. The 12-11 Denver victory made coach B.J. O’Hara the only coach to win MLL championship with two different teams.
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Fifth Third Bank Stadium has more than adequate concession stands, as they do not use vendors in the aisles. No one seems to mind, as adjacent to the concession areas are tables with stool seating overlooking the action. Often times this view of the game is an upgrade from your purchased seat, as action in front of and behind the goal is directly below your perch. A wide variety of foods is available; hot dogs/hamburgers /pizzas are available at prices ranging from $3.50 to $5.00. Drinks are $4.00. Check out the extras section concerning a unique situation concerning alcohol at this college stadium.
Fifth Third Stadium has been chosen to host of the MLL Championship two years straight because it is a stunning place to watch the game for both the fans present at the game and the national TV broadcast on the CBS Sports Network. Prior to the game, an MLL Funfest was held just outside of the stadium, which featured booths sponsored by all the major lacrosse manufacturers, games to test the fans' stick skills and food from a variety of food trucks.
The stadium has a very contemporary design, with seating right down to field level, but also plenty of room at the wide concourses at the top of the stadium to meet with your friends, shop the concessions and enjoy a great view of the action below. The 8,300-seat capacity makes the game much more intimate for the fans, and the TV audience sees no empty seats. The announced attendance at the game was 8,149. Another plus for the MLL was the availability of 12 private suites, an amenity not often found in smaller stadiums.
Kennesaw State University is located in the northwestern suburbs of Atlanta along I-75. The campus is located on the west side of I-75, with the Sports and Recreation Park located on the east side. The university has linked the two together via a pedestrian bridge over I-75, as well as a hike/bike trail that runs throughout the campus and the Sports Park. This makes it easy to park on campus and just walk over to the game. The neighborhood is predominantly student housing and the typical stores and restaurants that serve the students' needs. Town Center, a regional shopping mall with more than 200 stores, is adjacent to the Sports and Recreation Park.
Although Atlanta does not have an MLL franchise (yet), it is sure to get a team during the next round of MLL expansion. Atlanta is a hotbed for youth, high school and college lacrosse, and the fans attending the MLL Championship were very knowledgeable about the game. Both championship games held at KSU were near-sellouts.
Because the Sports and Recreation Park is only four years old, it is extremely well laid out and has excellent access to I-75, I-575 and Barrett Parkway, a major thoroughfare in the area. Parking is plentiful and free. Gates into the stadium are well laid out, as are the concourses, so bottlenecks inside the stadium are nonexistent.
As you would expect from a stadium named for a financial institution, you definitely get a good deal for your money here. Factor in free parking, very reasonable ticket prices ($10 - $20 for the Major League Lacrosse Championship game) and a modern, well laid out stadium and it all adds up to a very good deal for the fan.
One unique aspect to Fifth Third Bank Stadium is that it is not built on university land, so that non-university activities such as concerts, festivals and outside athletic events can serve alcoholic beverages. This has made the stadium a popular venue for many non-university related events such as the MLL championship, and a great source of rental income for the university.
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