Woodbine Entertainment To Build Soccer Stadium, Training Facility
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Woodbine Entertainment is partnering with private investors to build a soccer training facility and soccer-specific stadium.
In working with private investors and various stakeholders, the soccer project would feature an 8,000-seat soccer specific stadium and a 38,000 square foot training facility with a world-class grass pitch that meets FIFA professional standards.
The venue would be a destination for national soccer training, hosting international federations preparing for major international events, and potentially be a groundbreaking opportunity for the further development of women’s soccer in this country, from grassroots to the highest levels of competition.
The project would also complement Woodbine Entertainment’s ambitious vision to create mixed use neighborhoods and upgrade backstretch and stabling facilities for horse racing.
The Woodbine Community Plan demonstrates how one of the largest pieces of undeveloped land in the City of Toronto can be transformed over the coming 25 years into a large-scale urban community — connected to Toronto and the GTA through a proposed privately funded train station to be built on the southeast corner of the property. The community plan is also expected to create upwards of 17,000 jobs.
With approved zoning as part of the overall Woodbine Community Development Plan, the first phase of the project could be ready in 2023. The high-performance centre and stadium plan are being developed by renowned global soccer venue design firm Populous and with additional input and expertise from the Baldassarra family and Greenpark Group.
“With Canada on the brink of qualification for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the Women’s National Team Olympic Gold Medal win, and Canada co-hosting the 2026 World Cup, the time is certainly right for us to show our support for Canada’s growing soccer community,” said Jim Lawson, CEO, Woodbine Entertainment in a statement. “We see the power of the game in bringing people together and we cannot think of a more complementary sport as we look to further grow and sustain the horse racing industry and the 25,000 jobs it supports throughout the province.”