‘Home of Football’ a game changer for Concacaf — Montagliani
CONCACAF on Saturday broke ground for a state-of-the-art football facility which will be built in Cap Cana, Dominican Republic.
According to the confederation, One Concacaf Home of Football will be built for the benefit of the technical development of all 41 member associations of the subcontinental body.
The facility will include several high-quality, international-standard fields; locker rooms; technical education classrooms and a gym, with scope for further expansion down the road.
Concacaf president, Canadian Victor Montagliani was overjoyed with the new development as he participated in the ground-breaking event.
“The One Concacaf Home of Football will be a tremendous facility for our confederation and will provide huge benefits to the football development efforts of all of our member associations”, he said.
“Having a state-of-the-art facility which we can call our own; which will host coach licensing courses, referee development initiatives, and a host of other programmes and competitions will be a game-changer for Concacaf and our federations,” Montagliani added.
The Fifa vice-president also used the occasion to recognise key stakeholders in the project.
“I want to sincerely thank our 41 member association presidents for their wholehearted support for this project, and local stakeholders in Cap Cana for partnering with us on this hugely important initiative,” Montagliani noted.
Following Saturday’s ground-breaking ceremony, building work will continue in the coming months with a view to One Concacaf Home of Football opening its doors in the upcoming years and delivering major football benefits to members across North and Central America and the Caribbean.
The location for One Concacaf Home of Football was determined following a rigorous selection process, considering territories and sites across the region. Key consideration was given to transportation and connectivity within the region, accommodation, climate, security, government and local stakeholder support, and a range of other factors.