FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution broke ground on the new Revolution Training Center, a world-class facility that will be the center of the Revolution first team and Academy operations. Integrated into the surrounding wetlands at Gillette Stadium, upon completion the Revolution Training Center will feature state-of-the-art fitness and medical centers, six professional-grade fields, a team dining and lounge space, and office space for the club's technical staff and front office, amongst other amenities.
The new privately-financed, $35-million development will give the New England Revolution one of the most expansive team facilities in Major League Soccer. The center will span 68 acres with 42,000 square feet of buildings and three new full-size fields – two natural grass surfaces and one turf pitch. With the club’s existing training field, Gillette Stadium, and the Empower Field House, upon completion the center will feature a total of six professional-grade fields. The existing natural grass field will be dedicated for use by the Revolution Academy.
Construction will begin with the groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, Oct. 15, and completion is scheduled for the summer of 2019. The two natural grass surfaces, both dedicated for first team use, are expected to open in spring 2019.
“This is a very exciting milestone in the history of the Revolution. This state-of-the-art training facility will allow us to develop our players to their full potential while at the same time providing a platform for our young players to train alongside our first team and develop into the stars of the future,” said Investors/Operators Robert and Jonathan Kraft. “This facility is one of the cornerstones in the future of our Club and we look forward to watching Mike Burns, Brad Friedel, and the soccer staff take full advantage of all it will offer each level of the organization.”
Designed in collaboration with global architecture firm Populous and landscaping consultants Activitas, the training center’s layout is framed to prioritize ecological preservation. The complex will be integrated around the area's restored wetlands and blend seamlessly into the surrounding environment, embracing the densely wooded aesthetic of New England. Pedestrian and cart pathways will connect the main facility with its adjacent training fields.
“We have always had good facilities, but having a holistic training ground environment will be an extremely important asset to the first team and academy,” said Revolution General Manager Michael Burns. “Our new training center will be a home for the club that will attract world-class talent and give players unparalleled resources while helping foster future talent in an elite environment.”
In addition to cutting-edge amenities for the first team, which also include an on-site barbershop for the first team, the Revolution's training facility will house members of the front office and technical staff. The complex will feature office space, multiple conference rooms, and a state-of-the-art in-house media studio.