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Soccer Holdings, LLC, parent company of the USL Championship’s Louisville City FC and NWSL’s Racing Louisville, broke ground Aug. 4, 2020 on its new training facility targeted to open in the spring 2021.
Showcasing ownership's investments in local professional soccer, the facility -- just two miles east of the recently opened Lynn Family Stadium at Champions Park off River Road -- will house the operations to both clubs along with the accompanying youth academies.
“It’s hard to believe in 2015 we started out as this little fledging club trying to make pro sports work in a town where pro sports hadn’t been that successful," Soccer Holdings president Brad Estes said of the facility. "As you pivot away from surviving and sustainability, you want to get to the point to where you’re thinking about flourishing. That’s what this training center’s going to allow us to do.”
The 30,000 square foot center is being built AML Construction. On the property, three natural grass fields will accompany four turf fields fashioned by The Motz Group. Stadium lighting will allow for play at night, and the club plans to make the facility open to other community events.
In addition to locker room spaces for the pro clubs, the facility will include gym and workout areas, a kitchen, dining hall and media room. The building’s layout also houses Soccer Holdings’ front office staff.
“It’s just going to be a huge advantage for us going forward,” John Hackworth, LouCity Head Coach and Sporting Director, said of the facility. “Now we have a youth program as well. It’s going to be incredible to have the vision of boys and girls playing and having professional teams, men’s and women’s, side by side. This is a phenomenal achievement for us, and I’m proud to be part of it.”
“To actually have our own training center — for us to attract elite-level talent on the female side — brings tremendous opportunity for us as an organization,” added James O’Connor, Executive Vice President of Development. “It’s not just for the professional aspect but for the whole community. We’ve got four turf fields we genuinely want the community to use."