BRIGHTON – The Celtics celebrated their full move back to the city of Boston with the groundbreaking for their new practice facility, which will have a familiar name.
The Auerbach Center at New Balance World Headquarters, named for former coach and team president Red Auerbach, is scheduled to open in the summer of 2018. The Celtics plan to build an expansive and state-of-the-art practice facility to become another free-agent attraction and haven for their current players.
The team held the ceremony on the site of their new facility with Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito among those in attendance.
“Having a world class practice facility is key to us continuing to be the organization we want to be,” Celtics president Rich Gotham said. “It’s key to us attracting the kind of talent we want to attract, the key to keeping our talent, but more importantly it’s key to getting our guys prepared to win and to win championships.
“It’s a big day, the fact that it’s been named after Red is icing on the cake, and it gives us all real good feeling about what we’re doing.”
The facility will be located at Boston Landing, which is also home to the new practice facility for the Bruins, Warrior Ice Arena.
The Celtics’ new practice home, including the team’s 17 NBA championship banners, will be visible from the Massachusetts Turnpike with a 40-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.
“The Celtics are part of Boston’s long tradition of athletic excellence, and I am excited that now the team won’t just be winning in Boston - they’ll be training in Boston as well,” Walsh said.
Features of the practices facility will include:
■ Two parquet floor basketball courts
■ Audio-visual technology throughout the facility
■ Expanded strength and conditioning, training, and recovery facilities
■ 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 designed for community relations activities, partner gatherings and other guest events
■ Work space for the team’s coaching and basketball front office staffs
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