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Austin FC announces plans for training center

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Austin FC announced Wednesday plans for a $45 million training center located at the Parmer Pond in North Austin.

The St. David's Performance Center will be a 23-acre complex, and be the training home of the senior and academy teams. According to the press release, it is the first facility in Major league Soccer to be developed as part of a mixed-use area.

"St. David's Performance Center will be a world-class facility that will be integral to Austin FC realizing its full ambition as a soccer club," Austin FC majority owner and CEO Anthony Precourt said.

The training facility will be privately funded by Two Oak Ventures and will be in addition to the $250-million Austin FC stadium located at the corner of Braker and Burnet near The Domain.

St. David's Performance Center will feature four full-sized fields, three natural grass fields and one artificial turf field with spectator stands. It will also have one half-sized natural-grass field for specialized training.

A 30,000-square-foot building is planned that will house the Austin FC players, soccer operations, technical staff, and academy players on a daily basis. Medical technologies such as water therapy and cryogenics are also in the plans.

"This is a significant investment in our team, both at a senior level and for Austin Academy, as it is where the first team will train each day just minutes from our new stadium, preparing to represent Austin by winning matches and trophies, and where we will help develop the next generation of talent," Precourt said.

Austin FC is the 27th team in MLS and will begin playing in 2021.

The development at Parmer Pond currently has more than 1 million square feet of office space with companies like General Motors, Home Depot and 3M headquartered there. The end plan for the area included a dining and entertainment district.

According to the release, Austin-based firms STG Design and TBG Partners are leading the design, and Trammell Crow Company is the master developer of the Parmer Austin development.

"The health, wellness, development, and security of our players are top priorities, so it's critically important that we provide them with a facility that will set standards, not only within MLS but also in professional sports," Precourt said.

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