National Soccer Development Centre
In September 2012, the club announced the start of construction for a world-class National Soccer Development Centre (NSDC) at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Vancouver Whitecaps FC have partnered with the B.C. government and UBC to construct, improvement, and refurbish of two artificial turf fields, three grass fields, as well as a state-of-the-art fieldhouse. The multi-campus centre includes two turf fields at Simon Fraser University(SFU) and a total estimated cost of $32.5 million.
Phase One was completed in February, 2013, and will serve as the club’s home until its 25,000 square foot clubhouse is built. Phase Two and Three of the NSDC is expected to complete prior to the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2015.
Once built, the NSDC will become the new training base for the Whitecaps FC men’s, Girl’s Elite, and Residency teams, UBC’s soccer teams, as well as the west coast base for Canada’s men’s, women’s, and youth national teams. Beyond these teams, the facility will also devote more than 50 per cent of field time to community soccer use. This facility will be a key asset in the training and development of Whitecaps FC and BC Soccer players, as well as local coaches and referees.
In addition to provincial and national training development, the grounds will also increase Vancouver and BC’s international exposure. The NSDC will aim to attract and host sporting events such as the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, a Major League Soccer All-Star Game, and major international friendlies.