Cal State L.A. scores $30 million pro-soccer training center

Rendering of Cal State L.A. soccer training center | Courtesy LAFC

EL SERENO — The Los Angeles Football Club will move its headquarters and training center to a new $30 million soccer facility at Cal State L.A.

The pro soccer team, which will play its first game next year in the MLS League, released details of the project today after plans for the new facility were approved by the California State University Board of Trustees.

The club will pay to renovate Cal State LA’s stadium field and construct a two-story training facility on the northern part of the campus. It will serve as home to its players, staff, coaches and youth development team. In addition to financing the new facility, the LAFC will also donate $1.5 million to the El Sereno college.

“Cal State LA is the perfect home for our team, and this plan affirms our commitment to building our future with the youth of Los Angeles,” said LAFC Club President and Owner Tom Penn said in a statement. “We look forward to developing world class players and talent for decades to come at Cal State LA, which has a history of elevating the communities it serves.”

The new training site and practice facility designed by Gensler Sports will feature a natural grass practice field exactly mirroring that the 22,000-seat Banc of California Stadium being constructed in Exposition Park.

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