Last summer, the Los Angeles Lakers publicly announced that they would be partnering with UCLA to create the UCLA Health Training Center, a new practice facility for the team in El Segundo near LAX.
As construction started last year, the new facility is expected to be finished soon as the official Twitter page and website for the facility has recently released photos depicting the progress as it nears completion. The facility is slated to be opened by the summer.
The new state-of-the-art training facility will be home to both the Lakers and their D-League affiliate, the South Bay Lakers, formerly known as the D-Fenders. It is a 120,000 square foot facility built around the double courts including everything the young Lakers team will need to maximize their efforts to improve this offseason.
Lakers head coach Luke Walton stated, "The new building is three times the size of the one we're in now." The $80 million dollar facility sits on 5 acres as it houses a training area, team area, two-half courts, atrium and a courtyard.
The facility embellishes a new and improved theater, classic locker rooms, a lounge, a cryogenics chamber, large kitchen and a barbershop. a super-sized sauna, and three hydro pools to name a few of the many features.
"We wanted to build our own facility and have our own identity," said the Lakers chief operating officer Tim Harris. The newly built facility will serve as the team's corporate headquarters.
As the team focuses on getting back to their winning ways, this summer will be a major one for the Lakers as they look to turn things around.
With new leadership in office, President Jeanie Buss has told Magic Johnson and the front office that winning will take place sooner rather than later so major moves could be explored during the offseason.