|Charlotte Soccer Academy ready to debut new Pineville facilities|
|10,000 square foot office space opens May 26|
|Published Friday, May 22, 2020 8:21 pm|
|PHOTO | CHARLOTTE SOCCER ACADEMY|
|Charlotte Soccer Academy's 10,000 square foot office space and club store opens May 26. The building is the final piece in a three-phase project in a partnership with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation.|
Their main hub, at the Charlotte Soccer Academy OrthoCarolina Sportsplex in Pineville, opened in 2015. The three-phase project takes another step toward completion with the opening of a new multimillion-dollar facility on May 26. The club’s partnership with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation has allowed them to procure priority usage by investing in areas beyond the Pineville complex, yet the goal of a primary home is paramount.
Phase one consists of a 55-acre, six-field facility: one natural grass field and five turf fields, including a regulation-size, FIFA Two-Star certified field—the highest quality synthetic turf pitch. Hellas Construction, which oversaw the two-star pitch, also did the Charlotte 49ers Jerry Richardson Stadium field.
“At that point, there were only three [fields] of its kind on the East Coast,” said Executive Director Brad Wylde.
Phase two included building a concession and restroom facility, as well as shelters and bleachers for the two main fields that were completed a year and a half ago.
“Our final phase of this first master project was this main building,” Wylde said.
The building is 10,000 square feet and consists of club offices, club store and space for video analysis. Architech Sports and Physical Therapy, CSA’s sports performance partners, will conduct physical therapy out of the lower level, which also houses changing rooms and a gym. Four 60-yard turf running lanes will go in front of the building.
“The total value of the project now is around $15 million,” Wylde said. “We do also have seven additional acres to the left side of the parking lot, which we can future develop if we want to, which would allow us to build another three or four fields. That will be a potential ongoing project down the line.”
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, construction remained consistent.
“We were fortunate enough to continue the project,” Wylde said. “We will open our offices, per se, and the building on May 26, and hopefully get players back on the fields on June 1.”
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