Pinnacle opens today with inaugural Sporting KC training session at new $75-million facility
Pinnacle — a brand new facility located a mile from Children’s Mercy Park and Wyandotte Sporting Fields in Kansas City, Kansas — officially opened today when Sporting Kansas City trained at the $75-million, world-class venue for the first time.
Soccer News: Formerly the National Training and Coaching Development Center, Pinnacle is a first-of-its-kind collaboration between a professional sports team (Sporting KC), a national sports federation (U.S. Soccer) and a sports medicine provider (Children’s Mercy).
The state-of-the-art complex will welcome tens of thousands of visitors annually as a premier destination for the development of elite players, coaches and referees of all ages.
Sporting KC Academy Director Jon Parry said, “I’ve been able to visit some of the nicest training facilities in Europe over the last 5 years … there is nothing like this new facility.”
“It’s simply the best soccer training facility in the world!”
“The layout and amenities of the facility were carefully thought out,” added Parry. “It’s a professional soccer player’s dream to be able to train here every day!
In addition to serving as the new training home of Sporting KC, Pinnacle accommodates the Children’s Mercy Sports Medicine Center at Village West and the U.S. Soccer National Development Center.
Pinnacle Basic Facts:
- PROJECT COST: $75 million
- GROUNDBREAKING: July 2016
- TOTAL SQ. FOOTAGE: 81,100
- SF SITE: 50.49 Acres
Among Pinnacle’s numerous amenities are five full-size soccer fields, a cutting-edge sports performance lab, an expansive sports performance gymnasium and multiple spaces uniquely specialized for coaching education, including a two-story coaching pavilion.
SPORTING KANSAS CITY FACILITIES:
- Locker Room – 5,747 SF
Team Lounge – 5,924 SF; includes full-service dining, entertainment, lounge, classroom, barber shop and recovery room
- Media studio for press interviews
According to the Fact Sheet on the new facility, “Pinnacle is a first-of-its-kind collaboration between a professional sports team, a national sports federation, and a first-class sports medicine provider.”
- Super pitch– Seven acres featuring, three natural grass pitches for Sporting Kansas City training and U.S. national team training.
- Pitch Lab – Two synthetic lighted fields for U.S. Soccer coaching and referee development training year-round. Two-story coaching pavilion between fields for observation of instruction on the eld with state-of-the-art audio/video technology to capture and enhance eld instruction.
- Sand Pitch – International beach soccer using FIFA regulations
NATIONAL TEAM FACILITIES:
- Two locker rooms with direct access to cryotherapy
- Shared access to the sports medicine training room, hydrotherapy suite, sports performance gym and auditorium
Visit Pinnacle’s official website at pinnaclendc.com for more information.
Initial Source: Sporting KC Press Release