Video: From warehouse to state-of-the-art sports facility
A timelapse video showing the transformation of a dusty warehouse into a state-of-the-art training facility for the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks has been released.
Construction on the new $70M facility began in May after owner Mark Cuban approved of the size and suitability of the building.
It is located half a mile away from the Mavericks home at the American Airlines Center and took only five months to complete with construction teams working around the clock.
The cost included the purchase of the 14 acres around the new facility.
Mr Cuban said: “We also have the building next door, the building behind. There’s lots of things we plan on doing. The idea here with an existing structure was just to get something open so we could practice close by. But in terms of the 14 acres, I have a lot of plans to do a lot more.
The facility hosts two courts with a total of eight baskets, giving plenty of space for the team to practice or to work individually with a coach.
Other facilities include a gymnasium, a sauna and hydro pool plus catering facilities.
The team can also relax in a players’ lounge kitted out with large screen televisions.
The new complex was given the thumbs up by the Mavericks’ coach, Rick Carlisle who commented: “This thing came together in a record amount of time; it was an amazing endeavour.
“If you don’t have something like this, you’re going to be behind the curve. The location is excellent and we haven’t had this kind of space. We made it work over at AAC, and it’s been fine. But this is a quantum leap.”
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