What's the latest on downtown's future sports teams?

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Welcome back to your weekly dose of downtown Knoxville buzz. This is Kelli Krebs with Knox News, let's get into it.

The Old City's recently approved $74.5 million mulituse stadium will be home to the Tennessee Smokies and One Knoxville Sporting Club, a pre-professional soccer club with professional aspirations.

While the stadium won't be ready until at least spring 2024, excitement continues to build around downtown's future teams.

One Knoxville SC, which will kick off its inaugural season in May, already has a name, logo and merchandise — and now, it finally has a head coach.

The club introduced Mark McKeever as the team's leader this week, charged with introducing semi-pro soccer to the Scruffy City and taking the club to the next level.

Mark McKeever has been announced as the first head coach of One Knoxville SC, a pre-professional soccer team that will compete in the USL League 2. One Knoxville SC has not announced where home games will be played during the inaugural 2022 season but plans to host games at the forthcoming Old City baseball stadium when it's complete.
Mark McKeever has been announced as the first head coach of One Knoxville SC, a pre-professional soccer team that will compete in the USL League 2. One Knoxville SC has not announced where home games will be played during the inaugural 2022 season but plans to host games at the forthcoming Old City baseball stadium when it's complete.

McKeever comes to Knoxville with an impressive resume, but is it enough to help One Knoxville SC go pro? The club thinks so.

In more sports news, the Tennessee Smokies will have a new name when the team comes to town.

Team owner Randy Boyd told Knox News the minor league baseball team will change its name to the Knoxville Smokies when it moves to the Old City.

So better grab your Tennessee Smokies gear now, soon it'll be vintage.

Oh, and one more thing: This week, the Urban Knoxville team dug into reader questions about Hotel Knoxville, a forthcoming music venue and cover charges at Market Square bars. Have a question? Email us and we'll get to the bottom of it.

Living local:

Sip local: Try the Southside over at Knox Mason inside the Embassy Suites. It's a refreshing cocktail with Knox Whiskey Works gin, mint, lemon and lime.

Munch local: Snack on the Olde Virden's Red Hot Pineapple Jerky, a hot and sweet treat. You can find Olde Virden's at the Winter Farmer's Market at Market Square or at its new location in the Old City.

Listen local: Chill out to “Coming Home," the new single from Knoxville's Drew & Ellie Holcomb. You can catch the couple headlining the Tennessee Theatre on Feb. 19.

That's all for today. Don't forget to tip your bartenders, get vaccinated, and drink more water. Have a great weekend!

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