Sports Desk, Nov 26 (EFE).- Five-time NBA championship winners San Antonio Spurs are dedicating more than $500 million to develop a massive campus featuring a state of the art training center, a research institute, and a medical office for the Texas-based team.
Spurs Sports and Entertainment (SS&E), the company that owns the club, said on November 18 that the Rock at La Cantera construction in the far Northwest Side of San Antonio will be split up into phases and will be completed by summer 2023.
The campus’ name was inspired by Jacob Riis, a Danish-American social reformer who dedicated part of his life to helping migrants arriving to the United State between late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Riis compared work ethic to hammering a stone cutter, an image that the Spurs believe represents their definition of success, not as a list of wins and losses but rather as the “commitment maintained to increasing daily improvements.”
SS&E said the $511 million allocated to the facility will have a transformative impact on the community and will turn it into an international center of sports medicine.
It will feature a human performance center, which will analyze all aspects of the athletes’ physical performance, as well as treat sports injuries.
The SS&E said in a statement that the human performance campus will foster leaders and best practices under the guidance of Andy Walshe, a world-renowned expert in the field of elite human performance.
“The human being is one of the most complex systems in the universe. Thanks to technology, we’re starting to peel back the layers to unpack what really makes elite people operate at peak performance,” Walshe said.
Walshe anticipated that in the next 10 to 20 years, “we’re going to uncover things that even today, we can’t imagine. That’s the most exciting part about this campus – it will be a focal point for that type of community and way of thinking.”
For the complex construction, the Spurs have partnered with real estate company USAA Real Estate. EFE