The Los Angeles Football Club announced plans to establish a soccer training facility on the campus of Cal State L.A. Plans for the MLS expansion franchise’s new facility were approved Wednesday by the Cal State University Board of Trustees.
The plans call for LAFC to invest $30 million to renovate the stadium field and construct a state-of-the-art training facility that will serve as headquarters and home to the club’s MLS players, staff, coaches and the LAFC Academy.
The new facility will be designed by Gensler Sports, the same company that’s building the Banc of California Stadium, and will feature a natural grass practice field, exactly the same that will be at the club’s new stadium next year. The facility will also house locker rooms, sports medicine facilities and office spaces for coaches, all to be financed by LAFC.
“Cal State LA is the perfect home for our team, and this plan affirms our commitment to building our future with the youth of Los Angeles,” LAFC president and owner Tom Penn said in a statement. “We look forward to developing world class players and talent for decades to come at Cal State LA, which has a history of elevating the communities it serves.”
The Hunt Construction Group will handle the project, with construction expected to begin soon.
“This training facility is unparalleled and uniquely Los Angeles,” LAFC General Manager and Executive Vice-President of Soccer Operations John Thorrington said. “The building itself incorporates innovative indoor-outdoor spaces and is unlike anything I’ve seen the world over.
“The central location is ideal for our Academy programming, and our ownership’s investment enables us to align our soccer operation from LAFC’s MLS team to our Academy. We are proud to be making this investment to benefit both the students of Cal State LA and the future of LAFC.”
Along with building its practice facility, LAFC has pledged an additional $1.5 million to the university.