Utah Royals announce new state-of-the-art facility

Utah Royals – Return of Royalty

The Utah Royals FC will return to the NWSL for the 2024 season — becoming the league’s 13th franchise. With the return comes a new training facility that broke ground on Thursday, October 26.

In late 2017, the initial launch of the Utah Royals signaled the beginning of an exciting chapter in the NWSL. The club’s inaugural season aimed to spark and revolutionize the women’s game in the United States. Now, the club seeks to take things up a notch as it resumes play after ceasing operations in 2020.

Located in the heart of Salt Lake, the Royals’ new training site has hosted numerous clubs and national teams. The latest upgrade is not only a significant development in the world of sports but also a crucial step forward for women’s soccer.

What does the new Utah Royals facility have? 

The 12,260 square feet building includes state-of-the-art technology that illustrates how the Royals are truly returning to royalty. The multimillion-dollar center is at Club Zions Bank Real Academy in Herriman, Utah.

With the facility, all major Utah teams (Royals, Real Salt Lake, Real Monarchs, etc.) will be under one roof for the very first time. The hope and expectation is to raise the bar for teams to provide the very best for their players regardless of gender or sport.

The training center will have an elite level of sports medicine and performance-based facilities alongside a weight and training room. A new locker room has added a touch of a chic flair to allow players not only to get ready comfortably but also a space where camaraderie can be manifested easily. New additions include a hydrotherapy room that has a sauna along with hot and cold tubs.

Lastly, within the complex, the players’ lounge has a wing that provides spaces for nursing mothers to care for their children. It even includes childcare. This option will help bring the vital family aspect to a higher class and help set a new standard for women in sports.

Club co-owner David Blitzer expressed, “We are incredibly thrilled to be investing in the future of this club and the players by providing them their own dedicated space in our world-class training complex.

“The Utah Royals athletes, coaches and staff deserve to have everything they need to be at their best.”

The facility’s blueprints are nothing short of amazing. There’s great anticipation surrounding the transformation of the complex as the Royals return next season.

Fueling the flame within the Utah community 

Not long after the groundbreaking ceremony, the party continued in the Beehive State. The USWNT took on Colombia on October 27 at America First Field in Sandy, Utah.

The national team matchup stoked the excitement within the community about what the upcoming NWSL season will bring. The anticipation of getting professional women’s soccer back to Utah goes beyond the thrilling atmosphere. After all, it’s about the community that makes the club a joy for supporters.

The evolution of the game is ever-changing. A facility like the one at Club Zions Bank Real Academy is merely the beginning of what the women’s game needs to reach new heights.

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