Chattanooga Red Wolves Will Begin Their Season in May

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Chattanooga-(WDEF-TV) Normally the Chattanooga Red Wolves would kick their new season in March, but USL League One announced Monday that the season will be delayed until May 8th. It’s all apart of a coronavirus precaution.

Pushing back the start of the season roughly six weeks, might help economically if it gets more fans in the stands.
Said Red Wolves General Manager Sean McDaniel:”Everybody is hoping beyond hope that we’ve got COVID well under control, and we can start gathering people in crowds again safely and playing soccer again.”
USL League One left the door open for teams to start April 10th if they felt it was safe, but McDaniel says the Red Wolves will wait until May 8th.
Said McDaniel:”We feel like we understand how to be safe and wear masks. Get vaccines into people. That’s stuff we didn’t have a year ago. Now we have much more that we can go on, so it’s optimism. Cautious optimism. But something that we are confident we can pull off.”
When Chattanooga does hit the pitch, the team will look much different from last year.
McDaniel:”We had to really start from scratch. We only brought eight guys back. This year was really Coach (Jimmy) Obleda’s year. Now he has his roster. His players. A team of very quick, fast, offensive minded play.”
CHI Memorial Stadium will continue to expand it’s amenities this season as well.
Said McDaniel:”The executive club and the executive suites are going up as we speak. I don’t know that they will be ready by the first of May, but they’ll be getting ready by the first of May. We have a really big video board going up. It’s 60 by 33 feet. 2,200 square feet. It’s as big as a house. That will be up, and we’ll have lights up as well.”

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Rick Nyman grew up in Anniston, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. His television career started at WJSU-TV in Anniston where he had the opportunity to cover SEC football with Alabama and Auburn. Anniston is just 20 minutes from the Talladega Speedway, so NASCAR was a big part of his sports coverage. Due to this he was able to interview Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and several other top-name NASCAR drivers. Rick's next television job was in Savannah, Georgia, where he covered basketball player Kwame Brown (now with the Washington Wizards), who later became the first ever high school player selected as the top pick in the NBA draft. He covered the PGA Tour's annual swing thru Hilton Head and also had the opportunity of covering the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl appearance in 1999 in Miami. Rick especially enjoys all the atmosphere, tradition and drama of college football. He also likes profiling sports personalities and learning what drives them both on and off the field. If he's not covering sports, he's either watching Seinfield or David Letterman, playing golf, reading, or working out. What he enjoys about Chattanooga is the passion people have for sports. The mountainous region of Chattanooga reminds him of his hometown of Anniston, which also has big, beautiful trees and plenty of hills. You can contact Rick at rnyman@wdef.com.