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LAFC announces plans to establish soccer training facility at Cal State LA

The Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) unveiled a proposal to locate its soccer operations headquarters and training facility on the eastside of Los Angeles, at the campus of Cal State LA. Plans for the new facilities were approved yesterday by the California State University Board of Trustees.

 

LAFC Club 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.
 
The plans call for LAFC to invest US$30m 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 programs.
 
Cal State LA President, William A. Covino, said:
This 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. The benefits of this partnership to Cal State LA and the region we serve will surely multiply over time.
 
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 the Club. 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. 
 
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.
 
Cal State LA Executive Vice President, Jose Gomez, said:
Cal State LA has long sought to improve vacant space at the northern portion of its campus. The LAFC partnership will also create new academic and career opportunities for kinesiology, nursing, and business students, among others. LAFC is also helping Cal State LA develop a new sports management program.
 
Thorrington added:
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. We are proud to be making this investment to benefit both the students of Cal State LA and the future of LAFC.
 
And Gomez commented:
LAFC is our educational partner, not just a professional soccer team. They’ve shown a commitment to the heart of the city, and Cal State LA’s students will benefit.
 
Along with building its practice facility at Cal State LA, LAFC has pledged an additional US$1.5m to the University, which comes on the heels of a $100,000 contribution it made to the Cal State LA athletic department last fall/autumn.
 

The Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) is the newest MLS soccer club serving the greater Los Angeles area. Its ownership group is comprised of local leaders and innovators of industry with intellectual capital, financial prowess, operations expertise and success in the fields of entertainment, sports, technology, and media. The LAFC ownership group is dedicated to building a world-class soccer club that represents the diversity of Los Angeles and is committed to delivering an unrivalled experience for fans. The home of the Club will be the Banc of California Stadium, the first open-air stadium built in Los Angeles since 1962 and boasts a 22,000-seat capacity.

 

For more information about LAFC, visit LAFC.com 

 

 

California State University, Los Angeles, is the premier comprehensive public university in the heart of Los Angeles. Cal State LA is ranked number one in the United States for the upward mobility of its students. Cal State LA is dedicated to engagement, service, and the public good, offering nationally recognised programs in science, the arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education, and the humanities. Founded in 1947, the University serves more than 28,000 students and has more than 245,000 distinguished alumni. Cal State LA is home to the critically-acclaimed Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs, Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center, Hydrogen Research and Fueling Facility, Billie Jean King Sports Complex and the TV, Film and Media Center.

 

For more information, visit www.CalStateLA.edu

 

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