Bruce Arena has seen a lot in his MLS coaching career
that began in 1996 when D.C. United trained at the old Redskin Park in Herndon, Virginia.
The low point might have been when he joined the New York Red Bulls after the 2006 World Cup.
"We used to drive in our cars looking for practice fields," he says.
So Monday's opening of the new $35 million Revolution Training Center was special.
“This is the best facility I’ve been around in my life," the Revs head coach said.
The 68-acre complex, located in the wetlands behind Gillette Stadium, includes three full-size, natural grass fields, for the MLS first team, the new Revolution II in USL League One, and the Revs' academy teams.
The first-team locker room exceeds 1,200 square feet, the gym features weight training equipment powered by a hydraulic air system and the hydrotherapy room has three pools.
There is a team dining and lounge space that features a 36-foot-long communal reclaimed-wooden table. There is even a barbershop chair in the first-team locker room.
“It’s as good as it gets," added Arena. "We’ve created an environment where we can succeed. It’s important to develop culture. We want to be better. Championships don’t happen overnight."
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