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With free WiFi speeds up to 10 gigabit per second citywide - the fastest Internet in the Western Hemisphere - Chattanooga is "connected" to host sporting events, meetings and conventions. The Chattanooga Airport became the first US airport to be fully solar powered in 2019 and was recognized for its sustainability efforts in Newsweek's 2021 Future of Travel Award. For new features, the Chattanooga Airport’s parking garage is now open, accommodating 1,300 more vehicles and all rental car activities. Plans for its biggest terminal expansion was also announced including adding three gates, another security checkpoint and more restrooms and concession space in the concourse as part of a $28 million overhaul. Nooga Shuttles offers increased accessibility to the city with roundtrip transfers to airports in Nashville, Knoxville, Atlanta, Birmingham, and Huntsville as well as transportation within Chattanooga. Once in Chattanooga, exploring attractions between meetings/sporting events is easy via the free downtown electric shuttle.
In the last couple years, the city has experienced a hotel boom with more openings slated to come on board in 2022, including AVID Hotel and Element by Westin. Increased availability of luxury accommodations has raised the bar for the city to accommodate a new set of meetings and business events clientele. In addition to these, the Chattanooga Convention Center is undergoing renovations to be completed this year. Its
one of the nation's top-10 green convention centers and was the first convention center in the country to incorporate a Farm-to-Table program. Speaking of conventions, Chattanooga was recognized as one of the top five growth markets for the meetings industry in December 2021 by USAE News. New meeting venues downtown include the Gillman Event Venue and Mac Avenue on McCallie.
“The Scenic City” is also home to a wide-range of sporting facilities, including the Adventure Sports Innovation – a center offering a selection of technology and outdoor adventure activities like surfing on the Tennessee River, hang gliding in virtual reality, riding down the Riverpark on an electric unicycle and more. In 2020, Chattanooga Red Wolves opened a new $125 million stadium and mixed-use development featuring a hotel, apartments, shopping, and more. Other sporting facilities include Camp Jordan Arena/Sports Complex, a picturesque park with 13 Musco-lighted baseball/softball fields and 12 soccer fields, Chattanooga Lookouts AT&T Field, and Finley Stadium, Chattanooga’s 20,668-seat football/soccer stadium. TSSAA BlueCross Bowl, Tennessee High School Football Championships, was hosted in Chattanooga at Finley Stadium in 2021 for the first time since 1978. Chattanooga won the bid to host the Bowl in 2021 and 2022. Similarly, the TSSAA Girls’ Soccer Championships, was hosted in Chattanooga in the fall of 2021 and will again in 2022. The championship matches will be held at CHI Memorial Stadium, home to Chattanooga’s professional soccer club team, the Chattanooga Red Wolves. The destination hosts hundreds of sporting events annually including Chattanooga Marathon, Head of the Hooch and IRONMAN Chattanooga.