Nets Unveil Plans for $45 Million Training Center in Brooklyn’s Industry City
- Jul 14, 2014
By Veronica Grecu, Associate Editor
Major professional sports teams seem to be in a race for new practice facilities. Shortly after the Philadelphia 76ers revealed plans for their own training center in Camden and the Boston Bruins inked a long-term lease deal for a hockey rink at Boston Landing, the Brooklyn Nets announced they will build a new practice facility at Industry City in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park section.
Called “Hospital for Special Surgery Training Center” after the famed orthopedic Manhattan hospital that bought the naming rights, the 70,000-square-foot complex will be located at 148 39th Street, roughly three miles from Barclay’s Center where the NBA team plays its home games. According to NetsDaily, the training center will occupy the eighth floor and rooftop of a century-old warehouse building that also houses a 3D printers company called MakerBot Industries.
The Nets’ will invest $45 million in their new training center which will have two full basketball courts, a weight room, a training pool and two hydro pools, rooftop entertainment space and a multimedia theater with 18 seats. The plans designed by MANICA Architecture of Kansas City and New York-based Mancini Duffy also include a 3,000-square-foot lounge for player relaxation and hospitality, as well as a media room for interviews.
The Nets’ “Hospital for Special Surgery Training Center” will also host youth basketball clinics, community events and will support local business development operations.
Meant to finally bring all the Nets-related offices to Brooklyn, the Industry City location will replace the team’s current training home in East Rutherford, where the Nets have practiced for the past 15 years. “Now, our arena, training center and offices will all be together in this great borough,” said Irina Pavlova, president of Nets owner ONEXIM Sports and Entertainment, who along with her team visited around 50 different sites before finally choosing the Industry City location.
According to an official statement, Cushman & Wakefield represented the Nets in the leasing transaction. Construction at the site is scheduled to begin this summer and is expected to be completed just in time for the 2015-2016 season. The development project will create 150 to 200 construction jobs during construction.
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Renderings courtesy of MANICA Architecture