Huntsville City Council Approves Pro Football Team Lease

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville City Council voted unanimously Thursday night to approve the lease to a professional football team at Joe Davis Stadium.

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle said Tuesday that “soccer has always been one of the most popular sports in the area.” When the city decided to renovate Joe Davis Stadium, it had hoped that professional football would come to town.

That hope came true when the city on Tuesday confirmed a partnership with the Nashville Soccer Club and the MLS Next Pro Team to play soccer at the brand new stadium. All they needed was approval from the Huntsville City Council.

For everyone at Thursday’s meeting, voting was a no-brainer or just a formality.

Nashville Soccer Club is Nashville’s professional team. Next Pro is their Division 3 team that will develop young talent, but make no mistake, Town of Huntsville Administrator John Hamilton says the acquisition is a goal scored for the Town of Huntsville.

“We believe that professional football and ultimately having a professional team running the stadium on behalf of the community and supporting all other events that may take place in the stadium will be good for our community,” said Hamilton.

Hamilton added that with professional football, there’s something of an anchor, as well as the fact that local high school football teams will be able to use the stadium in the fall.

“These really become the two main tenants, but other opportunities around that just to bring quality of life to our communities is just a good thing,” Hamilton said.

The league’s inaugural season is 2022 with 21 football clubs playing in the league in total. Joe Davis Stadium will be completed by the end of this year.

The city has announced that it will field a team by the start of the 2023 season.

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