Team officials during a ribbon-cutting ceremony for NYCFC. (Photo courtesy of NYCFC)
New York City FC Tuesday unveiled its new state-of-the-art team training facility with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Orangeburg, N.Y.
The facility has been named the Etihad City Football Academy.
The training center has everything a player needs, from fields — a FIFA-approved synthetic surface that allows the team to practice year round, a circular locker room, a communal dining area with a kitchen with an on-site chef specialist, massage and medical training rooms, a gym and team meeting room, among other amnenities.
“It’s incredible to have built a facility that will attract the best talent and provide our players and coaches with an inspiring setting to work and prepare,” NYCFC sporting director Claudio Reyna said.
“We wanted to create a family environment where everyone feels part of the team. We are proud to call the Etihad City Football Academy in NY our permanent home.”
Video courtesy of NYCFC’s Facebook page
Manchester City FC, which owns NYCFC, will train at the Etihad City Football Academy during its preseason summer tour in the U.S.
“This is a proud and important milestone for our group and club,” NYCFC vice chairman Marty Edelman said. “Not only is this facility evidence of our deep investment in global soccer, it also shows our club’s and owners’ long-term commitment to New York City and the metropolitan area.”
City has been training at the facility this season after spending three years at SUNY-Purchase in Purchase, N.Y.
Added NYCFC president Jon Patricof: “This is an incredibly exciting moment for our club. Our hope is that this new facility will be a hub for soccer expertise and the soccer community in New York.”
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