Even if it was being in use since this Spring, the Montreal Impact training centre was officially unveiled to the media, earlier today. A press conference led by Joey Saputo, that included a Q&A, was followed by an actual tour of the local.
An old fire station, Caserne LeTourneux, the training centre went through a multi-million re-haul to give the club a beautiful and efficient structure for all of its teams.
“The growth of our club reaches another milestone today with the official opening of our training centre - Joey Saputo
The same premises were used by Chelsea FC during the summer of 2015. This year, the royalty of football will be based in Montreal during their 2016 USA pre-season tour: Real Madrid.
This not only centralizes the Montreal Impact , and its team, in the East end of the city but also gives life to a neighborhood that has been booming for the past decade.
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‘‘ Centre Nutrilait, built in the historic Caserne Letourneux, will now be home to all of the Impact’s 11 teams: the Pre-Academy (U8 to U12), the Academy (U13 to U18), FC Montreal (USL) and the first team (MLS), which amounts to over 230 players.
Built in 1915, Caserne Letourneux became a Montreal Impact property in 2014, after three years of research to locate a site for an eventual training centre. Not only did the club upgrade the building itself, adding offices, dressing rooms, classrooms, physio rooms, a gym and a kitchen, but it also built four soccer fields, including two natural grass fields, at nearby Parc Champêtre.
A 16-million dollar facility, Centre Nutrilait was upgraded in collaboration with the Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough and with Ville de Montréal, notably for the tower of the building. The fields used on a daily basis by Montreal Impact teams will also be accessible to local soccer clubs. ‘‘