ORANGETOWN, N.Y. --Work on a new, permanent training facility in Orangeburg for Major League Soccer club New York City Football Club will begin this fall, the club announced.
Located on a 17-acre site at the former STEJ site on Old Orangeburg Road, it will be the center of the club's footballing operations, according to a press release from the club.
Plans include one and a half regulation-sized grass fields, as well as a 25,000 square foot building that will house the team offices, space for player rehabilitation and welfare, among amenities.
Among those players are West Nyack native Tommy McNamara.
The facility was designed by Rafael Viñoly, the architect behind the facilities of Manchester City FC and Melbourne City FC’s City Football Academy. It is expected to be completed in 2018.
“Although we are still a young club, today marks an important milestone in our long term growth," said Vice Chairman Marty Edelman said.
“I strongly believe that as a young football club it’s extremely important to have our home facility where players can feel really comfortable. It will have a massive impact on our everyday basics, the way we’re going to train, to live, to build our team spirit," said Head Coach Patrick Vieira.
"Orangeburg is well known as a community that is welcoming to soccer and we appreciate the support we have already received from the town,” said Club President Jon Patricof.
The club participated in a four-month review process in May with the town which sought public input on the plan to make sure the development would fit the surrounding area, Patricof explained. However, approval was ultimately granted by the town Planning Board in July.
"I'm pleased that New York City FC chose to open its practice facility in Orangetown, which will further our development plans and have a positive influence on our town," said Orangetown Supervisor Andy Stewart said.