Los Angeles, CAâ€” The Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) has been approved to launch a new training facility on the Cal State LA campus, on Wednesday.
Cal State University Board of Trustees permitted the $30 million project that will allow the soccer club to renovate the current stadium field to a â€œstate of the artâ€ training facility that will also become the new headquarters for its soccer operations, according to the LAFC website.
â€œThis project will create a great deal of excitement on our campus and will connect Cal State LA to partners who share a commitment to our students,â€ said Cal State LA President William A. Covino. â€œThe benefits of this partnership to Cal State LA and the region we serve will surely multiply over time.â€
The new practice facility will be designed by Gensler Sports and will emulate inspiration from the Banc of California stadium that will also incorporate the industrial and modern features found throughout the Cal State LA campus. Hunt Construction Group will manage construction for the project that will include natural grass, new locker rooms and offices spaces for the LAFC coaches.
â€œâ€¦The building itself incorporates innovative indoor-outdoor spaces and is unlike anything Iâ€™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 ownershipâ€™s investment enables us to align our soccer operation from LAFCâ€™s MLS team to our Academy,â€ said LAFC General Manager and EVP of Soccer Operations John Thorrington.
According to Cal State LA Executive Vice President Jose Gomez, LAFC has been an educational partner for the university and the project will not only help the campus develop a new sport management program but also benefit the students through scholarships and other educational programs.
â€œCal State LA has long sought to improve vacant space at the northern portion of its campus,â€ said Gomez. â€œThe LAFC partnership will also create new academic and career opportunities for kinesiology, nursing, and business students, among others.â€
LAFC will also contribute a $1.5 million pledge to the university in the wake of the stadium construction.