The Celtics announce plans for a new practice facility at Boston Landing. (Image: Boston Celtics)
The Celtics are joining the move to Boston Landing.
The team, in conjunction with New Balance, announced Tuesday their plans to move their practice and training facility from Waltham to the Allston-Brighton neighborhood of Boston, with a state-of-the-art complex opening in the Spring of 2018.
The Bruins will be literally right down the street and both Celtics and Bruins practice facilities will be in walking distance from WEEI and New Balance headquarters.
”We are proud to team with New Balance Development in the creation of a best-in-class athletic training and practice facility that will provide Celtics players, coaches, and training staff with the resources, technology, and programming to compete at the highest level in an increasingly competitive NBA landscape,” said Rich Gotham, President of the Boston Celtics, in a statement. “The Boston Landing location will bring us closer to our game day home at the TD Garden while providing high impact brand visibility.”
The Celtics practice facility will be the latest dramatic element at Boston Landing — at 55 feet in the air cantilevered out to the edge of the Mass Pike. The Celtics new practice home, including the team’s 17 NBA championship banners, will be highly visible from the Massachusetts Turnpike with a forty foot glass wall enclosing the practice courts that face the approximately 130,000 daily commuters. The practice facility will encompass approximately 70,000 square feet.
“We are thrilled to welcome the Boston Celtics to Boston Landing,” Jim Halliday, Managing Director for NB Development Group LLC. “Adding another iconic brand like the Boston Celtics to Boston Landing at Allston-Brighton along the Mass Pike further advances the concept of Boston Landing serving as the gateway into the City of Boston from the west, while at the same time adding to the culture of health, wellness, and movement with this district.”
Features of the comprehensive practice facility will include:
- Two state-of-the-art parquet floor basketball courts where the team will practice
- Leading edge audio-visual technology throughout the facility
- Expanded strength and conditioning, training, and recovery facilities
- Best-in-class locker rooms and players’ lounge
- Physical therapy areas including hydrotherapy pools
- Sports science and nutrition facilities
- Expanded media work room, press conference and broadcast facilities
- A flexible hospitality area for guests and hosting community relations activities
- Work space for the team’s coaching and basketball front office staffs
Construction at 40 Guest Street is expected to begin this Fall, with completion for the Spring of 2018. Elkus Manfredi Architects will handle the design and John Moriarty & Associates will handle the construction. Participating brokers from Transwestern/RBJ included Steve Purpura and Chris McCauley representing NB Development Group and Michael Joyce and Tom Ashe representing the Boston Celtics.
The team’s current practice facility at Healthpoint in Waltham has served as the Celtics practice home since 1999.
Boston Landing is a 15-acre mixed-use development in the Allston-Brighton neighborhood of Boston that includes the new world headquarters of New Balance Athletics, Inc. and the Bruins practice facility. A commuter rail station will be completed on the Framingham-Worcester line during Spring of 2017. In addition, the development includes additional office buildings, retail and restaurant space, a hotel and a sports complex.