Professional Soccer Team Building Training Facility in Orangeburg

Real Estate In-Depth | December 2016

A rendering of The City Football Academy project in Orangeburg.

ORANGEBURG—Construction has begun on a training facility for the MLS professional soccer team the New York City Football Club (New York City FC) on a 17-acre site here.

Construction commenced on The City Football Academy in the fall and is expected to be completed in early 2018.

The plans originally announced in October consist of one and a half regulation-sized grass fields, as well as a 25,000-square-foot building, housing the team offices, space for player rehabilitation and welfare, among other amenities.

Vice-Chairman of New York City FC, Marty Edelman, said of the plans when they were first announced: “New York City FC is proud to announce a new, permanent training facility for our first team in Orangeburg. Although we are still a young club, today marks an important milestone in our long term growth.”

Sporting Director Claudio Reyna added,  “Our new elite training facility in Orangeburg is a significant step forward in the evolution of our Club, marking our first permanent home for the team.

“We have secured a location in a fantastic area of New York where our players and staff will come together on a daily basis to continue to work hard and grow as a team.

“I’m pleased that New York City FC chose to open its practice facility in Orangetown, which will further our development plans and have a positive influence on our town,” said Andy Stewart, Supervisor, Town of Orangetown when the New York City FC announced its plans back in October. “Orangetown is passionate about soccer and the arrival of New York City FC makes us extremely proud.”

Approval for building on the former STEJ site on Old Orangeburg Road, which has been vacant and unused for more than a decade, was given in July by the Orangeburg Planning Board.