“Our new home at the University of British Columbia is the next major step in the evolution of soccer in our city and country. I’ve been involved with this club from the outset and we’ve never really had a training facility to call home. This is a game changer for our club with respect to recruiting and developing players, coaches, and staff. ”
Whitecaps FC president, Bob Lenarduzzi
The Whitecaps FC National Soccer Development Centre (NSDC) at the University of British Columbia, built in partnership with UBC and the Government of British Columbia, features a three-storey, 38,000 square feet state-of-the-art fieldhouse; a design partnership between BBB Architects, internationally recognized sports architects, and Acton Ostry Architects, an award-winning architectural firm based in Vancouver. In total, the multi-campus NSDC also includes seven fields – two artificial turf fields at Simon Fraser University, and five (three grass and two artificial turf fields) constructed, refurbished, and improved fields at UBC.
Images: Michael Elkan / Acton Ostry Architects Inc. / Bob Frid
The WFC NSDC at UBC will house the Whitecaps FC first team, and the club's U-18, U-16, U-15, and U-14 Residency teams. Approximately 200 players, coaches, and staff will be based out of the building.
The fieldhouse offers a number of exciting features including:
- Two-story weight room with glass windows on one end and a fully-mirrored wall on the other, creating a stunning, panoramic view of the new grass fields and surrounding mountains.
- Players’ lounge
- Kitchen with individualized nutritional options for each player
- A hydrotherapy-equipped sports science wing
- A branch dedicated for UBC use
- A specific entrance and workspace for media