MLS Focus: New England gets in on training facility construction boom

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The New England Revolution broke ground on its $35 million training facility and team headquarters that it will build on the Gillette Stadium property in Foxboro, Massachusetts, where the Revs share the stadium owned by the Kraft family with the NFL Patriots.

The 68-acre center will include 42,000 square feet of buildings and three new full-size fields – two grass surfaces and one turf field. The grass fields are expected to be available for use in spring 2019 while construction of the facilities is scheduled for completion next summer.

The complex will be situated in the woods adjacent to restored wetlands. Pedestrian and cart pathways will lead from the main facility to the training fields.

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The Revs are MLS's only founding member still without a soccer stadium of its own, and they still have no concrete plans for the urban stadium they desire.

“We hope this is the first of two great groundbreakings,” Revs' owner Robert Kraft said.

The Revs are the latest MLS team to announce plans for a training facility. Teams need more fields and more space for its team and office operations as they expand their rosters, add second teams and build out their academy programs.

Six teams have opened new facilities in 2017 and 2018, while the Revs are one of three teams with plans to open their new complex in 2019. In all, teams have spent or committed to spend more than $300 millions. Other teams have upgraded or plan to add to their existing facilities.

MLS training center openings (2017-19):
Atlanta United: March 2017. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Training Ground in Marietta. Cost: $60 million.
Vancouver: June 2017. National Soccer Development Centre at the University of British Columbia. Cost: $25 million.
Sporting KC: February 2018. Pinnacle National Development Center in Kansas City, Kan. Cost: $75 million.
Real Salt Lake: March 2018. Zions Bank Real Academy in Herriman, Utah. Cost: $78 million.
LAFC: April 2018. LAFC Performance Center on the campus of Cal State LA. Cost: $30 million.
NYCFC: April 2018. Etihad City Football Academy in Orangeburg, New York. Cost: undisclosed.
D.C. United: 2019 opening. Training complex in Leesburg, Virginia, Cost: $15 million.
FC Cincinnati: 2019 opening. Training complex in Milford, Ohio. Cost: $30 million.
New England: 2019 opening. Training complex in Foxboro, Mass. Cost: $35 million.

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