SBD/September 24, 2013/Facilities

New Balance Breaks Ground On New Boston HQs, Which Includes Massive Athletic Complex

New Balance yesterday "started construction of a world headquarters complex with a hotel, stores, and a massive athletic facility," according to Casey Ross of the BOSTON GLOBE. The $500M project, to be called Boston Landing, will house New Balance’s HQs as "part of a broader sports and health district along the Massachusetts Turnpike." New Balance Chair Jim Davis yesterday said that the sports complex "will be the property’s main attraction." It will have "a 200-meter indoor track fitted with hydraulic lifts so it can be adjusted to accommodate a variety of activities." Davis said that the track is "designed to be one of the fastest in the country, aiming to attract elite runners trying to set speed records." The complex also will include "professional-caliber training facilities for baseball and hockey, including an NHL-sized rink." The Bruins "have been exploring plans to open a practice facility at the complex" (BOSTON GLOBE, 9/24). In Boston, Graham & Weir note the facility will "get started first, to be followed by the other components." The company, which has "been in Brighton for years, will open up some of the facility, including green space, to the public" (BOSTON HERALD, 9/24).
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