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New England Revolution to construct $35 million training center

Robert and Jonathan Kraft
May 21, 2017; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Revolution owners Robert Kraft (left) and Jonathan Kraft look on before the game between the New England Revolution and the Columbus Crew at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Revolution will break ground on a new, $35 million training center behind its current practice field in Foxborough on Monday, Oct. 15.

New England had been working with city officials in recent months for approval to build the new facility, which will be used by both the senior team and youth academy, but made its first official announcement about the project’s timeline and cost on Friday morning.

The Revolution will reveal full, detailed renderings for the facility as part of a special ceremony, which will also include remarks from Investors/Operators Robert and Jonathan Kraft; President Brian Bilello; and General Manager Mike Burns.

When news broke last fall that the Revs were looking to build a new training facility in Foxborough, many took it to mean the club was not optimistic about the prospects of a stadium in downtown Boston.

However, Bilello has since stated the club always planned to retain some presence in Foxborough, a soccer-specific stadium in Boston notwithstanding. So far, there have only been rumors linking the Revolution to a potential deal for a stadium in Boston, which sits roughly 30 miles north of Gillette Stadium.

Conceptual design of new training facility

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Photo credit: New England Revolution

A site map was released after zoning changes were approved by Foxborough officials. The new complex features four training fields – three grass fields and a turf field – as well as a training facility for both the first team and the Academy.

The two new grass fields, closest to the training facility, will be dedicated to first-team use, while the current grass field will be taken over by the Academy. The turf field will be available for both, though it will likely be primarily used by the Academy. Additionally, the facility contains plans for upgraded locker rooms, training centers, tactical study areas and meal centers.

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