U.S. Soccer Begins Search for National Training Center
CHICAGO (Tuesday, March 7, 2000) - The U.S. Soccer Federation has unveiled its initial plans for the implementation of a revolutionary National Training Center, inviting respondents from across the United States to bid on constructing and servicing the permanent home for all of U.S. Soccer's National Teams training needs. Construction of a National Training Center furthers the goals of U.S. Soccer's Project 2010 and Project Gold, initiatives designed to develop players at every level of the sport to a world championship level.
As part of the RFP process, respondents will be responsible for the permanent construction of a National Training Center, which will provide the successful bidder with significant economic development opportunities in its local market as well as national and global recognition.
The National Training Center will be focused on a single premise: create a world-class facility that will provide a championship environment for the continued development of players at every National Team level. By increasing the ability of athletes to train and practice on a regular basis at a high-level facility, the National Training Center will play a key role in developing the United States' top players to prepare them for world championship competition at every age level for both men and women. The National Training Center will also develop a coaching and refereeing infrastructure that will increase the training and practical knowledge of coaches and referees throughout the country.
"When U.S. Soccer launched Project 2010 and Project Gold, one of the key elements of this initiative was the development of a state-of-the-art National Training Center, and this is the first step in that process," said U.S. Soccer President, Dr. S. Robert Contiguglia. "This is an open invitation. The slate is clean and we will be accepting proposals from anyone in the country that has the infrastructure and desire to build and host a state-of-the-art facility. The importance of a National Training Center can be seen best in the end result, which is to help maintain the development of our players to compete at world championship levels."
U.S. Soccer envisions a facility, which includes a minimum of six natural grass fields (120 yards by 82 yards), with shelters and lighting, as well as two artificial surface fields. Another key element is a central building, which would include locker rooms, training rooms, classrooms, players' lounges, a U.S. Soccer store and ticket office. In addition, the complex would include a residential area and dining facility capable of hosting up to 240 people.
Another focal point of the NTC will be the construction of a competition stadium with a minimum capacity of 7,000 spectators and parking for 2,500 cars. This full function stadium would provide full-service amenities, as well as lights, concession stands, a fully-functional press box and scoreboard.
Respondents will also be expected to include a detailed maintenance and operational plan for on-going operation of the facility.
The entire bid process will conclude this summer, with a final site selection slated for early November 2000, however, the deadline for expressing interest in the RFP Process is April 15, 2000. Construction of the NTC would begin in February 2001, with an opening planned for April 2002.
Interested parties may submit their preliminary interest in writing by April 15, 2000 to U.S. Soccer, Attention: National Training Center, at 1050 17th Street, NW, Suite 210; Washington, DC 20036. For more information call 202/872-9277.
- Minimum of six natural grass training fields (120 yards by 82 yards)
- Two artificial surface training fields (120 yards by 82 yards)
- Lighting and shelters for all training fields
- Central Building: structure to include locker rooms, training rooms, class rooms, players' lounges, a U.S. Soccer store and ticket office
- Residential Hall: to include accommodations and a dining facility capable of hosting 240 people
- Competition Stadium: to include seating for a minimum of 7,000 spectators and parking for 2,500 cars, as well as full-service amenities, lights, concession stands, a fully-functional press box and scoreboard