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, improve, and refurbish two artificial turf fields, three grass fields, as well as a state-of-the-art fieldhouse. In total, the multi-campus NSDC includes seven fields – two artificial turf fields at Simon Fraser University, and three grass and two artificial turf fields at UBC with a total estimated cost of $32.5 million.
Phase One was completed in February, 2013 and currently serves as the club's training home. The final phase of the NSDC is now underway. Once completed, the NSDC will feature a state-of-the-art, 35,000 square foot fieldhouse, which is set to be completed prior to the start of the 2017 Major League Soccer (MLS) preseason. The fieldhouse is being designed by Acton Ostry Architects, an award-winning architectural firm based in Vancouver, in collaboration with BBB Architects, internationally recognized sports architects who recently completed the Kia Toronto FC Training Ground & Academy.
Once built, the NSDC will become the new training base for the Whitecaps FC men’s, Girls 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.