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Los Angeles FC to build new training academy

Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) has revealed plans to locate its training ground and soccer operations headquarters on the eastside of Los Angeles, at the campus of California State University.

The plans call for LAFC to invest $30 million to renovate Cal State LA’s stadium field and construct a state of the art training facility that will serve as home to the club’s MLS players, staff, coaches and youth development team LAFC Academy.

LAFC will also support Cal State LA students through internships and collaborations with university educational programmes.

The new training site and practice facility designed by Gensler Sports will feature a natural grass practice field exactly mirroring that of Banc of California Stadium, locker rooms, sports medicine facilities, office space for LAFC coaches and staff and will be completely financed by LAFC.

The two-storey training facility will incorporate the campus’ industrial and modernist design style.

Hunt Construction Group will serve as the construction management company on the project.

Plans for the new facilities have been approved by the California State University Board of Trustees.

LAFC president and owner Tom Penn said:

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. 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.

LAFC general manager and EVP of soccer operations John Thorrington said:

This training facility is unparalleled and uniquely Los Angeles. The building itself incorporates innovative indoor-outdoor spaces and is unlike anything I’ve seen the world over. Any player will love to train at this world class facility. 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.

From the beginning, our ownership has been intentional about uniting the world’s city through the world’s game, and this partnership provides yet another deep and lasting connection in the heart of our great city.

Along with building its practice facility at Cal State LA, LAFC has pledged an additional $1.5 million to the University, which comes on the heels of a $100,000 contribution it made to the Cal State LA athletic department last autumn.