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Crew starts construction on team’s new training center

The OhioHealth Performance Center is expected to be ready in the summer of 2021 and will host all Black & Gold soccer operations

Courtesy of Columbus Crew SC

Columbus Crew SC officially began construction of the team’s future training facility, the OhioHealth Performance Center on Monday. The 42,000 square foot center will host all of the team’s soccer operations at the current site of MAPFRE Stadium and is expected to be ready for use in the summer of 2021.

The facility will also be home for the first team and the Academy and will host the club’s headquarters and offices as part of the new City of Columbus community sports park.

“We are excited that construction on the OhioHealth Performance Center has officially begun,” team President and General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko said in a club release. “Having a state-of-the-art training facility means the players will have a truly optimal professional environment, allowing them to continuously improve their performance on the pitch while also providing services, equipment and facilities to improve aspects of their game off the field and outside of training. Furthermore, it enables us to provide a holistic, 360 degree approach to player care and development.

“There is no other facility in our league that has converted a soccer specific stadium into a comprehensive training ground experience, complete with a brand new 42,000 square foot building. The OhioHealth Performance Center will serve as the training ground for both the First Team and Crew SC Academy, allowing us to further integrate Academy players into First Team training sessions and deliver a world class player development system to our young, aspiring athletes. We want to thank our long-time official healthcare partner OhioHealth for its continued support and commitment to elevating the performance of our players.”

The facility will feature two first team natural grass fields, supported by hydronic heating and SubAir systems, one natural grass field and artificial turf for the Academy’s use. A seasonal bubble over the stadium field will also be a new feature for the Black & Gold, who have typically had to use other facilities in Columbus when it was too poor to train at their own.

A First team locker room and film room, a player lounge, a sleep/recovery room, weight room, training room and a hydrotherapy area are will also be part of the setup at OhioHealth Performance Center, as well as a full-service kitchen and dining area, used by the Crew’s soccer operations staff, first team players and Academy. The youth teams will also have their own locker rooms, lounges, training and equipment rooms at the facility.

“That’s where we grow individually and collectively and the better day-to-day environment that you have, the better growth you’ll have,” head coach Caleb Porter said about the facility. “It’s really exciting to know that we’ll have a new facility that’s going to be state-of-the-art, that’s going to be one of the best in the league. Our players are excited about it and we look forward to it. Obviously we know there’s some time until we have it, but it’s nice to have that windshield ahead of what’s in the future and to be optimistic about something we feel it’s going to be one of the best facilities in our league and will really help our club in the development of our players.”

Progress on the construction site can be tracked live through the OhioHealth Performance Center Construction Cam.