The Columbus Crew SC Monday celebrated the groundbreaking of its future training facility, the OhioHealth Performance Center.
The OhioHealth Performance Center is scheduled to open in the supper of 2021. It will feature a 42,000-square foot training facility for all Crew soccer operations, including first-team and academy.
The training facility will be located on the team's existing site, which opened in 1999 and will become the new home to the Crew headquarters, player training grounds, and will be placed next to a new community sports park.
“We are excited that construction on the OhioHealth Performance Center has officially begun,” said Crew SC President and General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko. “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.”
The new facility will feature a first-team locker room and film room, player and performance areas, a player lounge, sleep/recovery room, weight room, training room, and a hydrotherapy area. It will also include a full-service kitchen and dining area and specific locker rooms, lounges, training and equipment rooms for the Crew SC Academy.
The OhioHealth Performance Center will also feature two First Team natural grass fields, supported by hydronic heating and SubAir systems; one natural grass field and artificial turf for Academy use; and a seasonal bubble over the stadium field.
You can track progress at the construction site here.