Construction is underway on D.C. United's new training facility and performance center in Leesburg, the Major League Soccer club announced Thursday.
The facility, which will include a 40,000 square foot training center on a 30-acre complex, will serve as home to D.C. United, Loudoun United FC, D.C. United Youth Academy and the Washington Spirit of the National Women's Soccer League.
D.C. United estimates that the facility and performance center -- located near Segra Field, a 5,000-seat stadium in Philip A Bolen Park that opened in 2019 as home to Loudoun United of the United Soccer League -- will be completed and ready for use by end of summer.
"The substantial investment in soccer infrastructure that we have made the last few years -- building Audi Field, forming Loudoun United FC, increasing funding to our Academy, and now developing a new state-of-the-art training facility -- demonstrates our commitment to contributing to the powerful growth of our sport in the DMV," D.C. United CEO and co-chairman Jason Levien said in a media release.
"We live in a hotbed for soccer talent," Levien continued. "This new performance center located in the heart of Loudoun County will allow us to harness the growth opportunity in the region and serve as a national center for best-in-class performance excellence."
The new facility will feature four full-size outdoor practice fields and a training center equipped with a weight room and recovery facilities. The Audi Performance Center, located inside the training facility, will provide educational and tutorial resources for Academy players, in addition to a video room to review film from matches and training sessions.
D.C. United expects that the cohesion between the first team, Loudoun United, the Academy and 13 local affiliated clubs afforded to the club via the new training facility and performance center will further strengthen the Pathway-to-Pro program, founded by D.C. United in 2018.
The club projects more than 130,000 attendees -- from camps, clinics, practices, leagues and tournaments -- will visit the training facility annually.
"This marks another #LoudounPossible day in our community as we begin construction on the performance center and training facility for the D.C. United organization," Executive Director for Loudoun Economic Development Buddy Rizer said in a prepared statement. "We are proud that one of the sport’s best franchises has made this long-term commitment to Loudoun and we are thrilled to add them to our thriving business environment."