IS THE WANDA GROUP’S TWO BILLION YUAN TRAINING FACILITY THE WORLD’S BEST FOOTBALL COMPLEX?

IS THE WANDA GROUP’S TWO BILLION YUAN TRAINING FACILITY THE WORLD’S BEST FOOTBALL COMPLEX?

The Dalian Football Youth Training Center, located in Dalian, China, is quickly being regarded as one of the world’s leading sporting venues. Valued at over 2 billion Yuan (+260m €) and spanning over 90K square meters, the behemoth complex showcases 23 training pitches, a 5000-seat competition venue and numerous community and facility buildings.

The site can host up to 18 teams or over 600 athletes & coaches at once. Dalian Professional F.C., Dalian W.F.C. and reserve teams will call the facility home.

Led by the Wanda Group, in collaboration with the Dalian Municipal Government, the facility is missioned to home and develop youth talent in the Dalian area as well as provide the city with a world class venue.

The vision is a part of Wanda’s “Future Stars of Chinese Football” program which annually sends over 30 athletes to train at leading Spanish clubs like Atlético de Madrid, Valencia and Villarreal. The program encourages graduates to contribute to the development of Chinese football in the future.

Project officials awarded the surfacing of (4) pitches to GrassMaster Solutions and local partner Beijing QianFeng Sports Tech. A leading hybrid grass solution, the GrassMaster system meticulously injects synthetic fibers into the natural base to reinforce the natural grass. Once completed, it offers a firm and stable playing surface for athletes with added durability for venue owners.

The agronomic program was developed in collaboration with the site and GrassMaster experts to ensure optimal field longevity, durability and performance. Feedback from the Dalian Professional F.C. first team were excessively positive regarding the overall playing conditions in the first four weeks.

Started on July 25, the Chinese Super League(CSL) Season 2020 was held in 6 stadiums with 16 CSL teams, based in Dalian and Suzhou. One of three stadiums in Dalian is Dalian Football Training Center (DFTC) stadium. The pitch from GrassMaster and professional maintenance from Qianfeng Sports has recevied positive feedback.