Vancouver Whitecaps FC have a new home.
The club unveiled their training facility on Wednesday, located at the brand new $32.5 million National Soccer Development Centre at UBC.
Built in partnership with UBC and the Government of British Columbia, the third and final phase of the facility features a three-storey, 38,000 square foot state-of-the-art fieldhouse. The design is a partnership between BBB Architects, internationally recognized sports architects, and Acton Ostry Architects, an award-winning architectural firm based in Vancouver.
In total the centre features two artificial turf fields at Simon Fraser University, and five (three grass and two artificial) constructed, refurbished, and improved fields at UBC.
The first team has already moved in, with WFC2, and the club’s Residency teams to move in later in the summer.
“Our new home at the University of British Columbia is the next major step in the evolution of soccer in our city and country,” said Whitecaps FC president Bob Lenarduzzi. “I’ve been involved with this club from the outset and we’ve never really had a training facility to call home. This is a game changer for our club with respect to recruiting and developing players, coaches, and staff.”
The new fieldhouse includes:
- Two-storey weight room
- Players’ lounge
- Kitchen (with individualized nutritional options for players)
- Hydrotherapy-equipped sports science wing
- Branch dedicated for UBC use
- Specific entrance and workspace for media
The fieldhouse is also a high-performing green building when it comes to sustainable site development, water efficiency, energy efficiency, material selection, and indoor environment quality.
“This is one of the biggest days in the over 40-year history of the club,” said Whitecaps FC chief operating officer Rachel Lewis. “Our Whitecaps FC kids, in programs across the country, now have a place they can aspire to one day call their home.”