That’s in addition to $275,000 for locker-room accommodations and $350,000 to re-install artificial turf on the field’s perimeter once the final soccer game is played.
The department was going to replace to replace the aging artificial turf that rings the field anyway, as it had hardened and become matted down. The deal with Atlanta United means that much, if not all, of the cost of doing so will be footed by the soccer club.
It stands to be a useful revenue stream for Tech, which is facing a budget shortfall of $2.7 million for the 2017 fiscal year and has made a point of finding ways to generate income from its facilities. Atlanta United might hold seven matches in Bobby Dodd Stadium if the targeted June 1 opening for Mercedes-Benz Stadium holds.
Using a conservative average attendance of 30,000, the Tech athletic association would stand to receive $770,000 on seven games, not counting revenues on food and beverage and the intangible benefits of bringing non-Tech fans onto the campus. Tech is projected to spend $75.6 million in the 2017 fiscal year. The department will have to staff and operate the games in a scope similar to a home football game.
When the stadium hosted the Rolling Stones concert in 2015, the department netted $300,000.
In the contract, dates surrounding the football spring game and graduation were protected.
The school will have another professional sports tenant this coming summer, the Atlanta Dream. The WNBA team will play in McCamish Pavilion for its entire 2017 and 2018 seasons as Philips Arena will be undergoing renovation.