What’s new with UBC Sport Facilities?

For anyone who hasn’t had the chance to venture to UBC recently, there are some exciting sport facility developments in the works.  In addition to the updating of ThunderbirdPark, three brand new facilities have opened or will be opening their doors in the next 8 months:

  1. Baseball Indoor Training Centre
  2. National Soccer Development Centre
  3. New Aquatic Centre

In the fall, UBC will be launching a consultation on Visioning the future of UBC Athletics and Recreation facilities.  We are interested in engaging IM alumni in this process.  If you are interested in being involved, please email IM.alumni@ubc.ca

UBC Baseball Indoor Training Facility


UBC Baseball Indoor Training Centre


Inside the Baseball Training Centre.

Opened in September 2015, this $3.5 million dollar state of the art indoor training centre is located beside Thunderbird Baseball Park. It is heated to provide a comfortable training environment year round and features:

  • 4 full size batting cages with dividers
  • 1 designated pitching area with 3 pitching mounds and training equipment
  • 3 pitching machines
  • 1 ProBatter Hitting system
  • 3 HitTrax data capture and simulation system
  • 8 L-screens and 4 pitching targets
  • 9 screen video feed wall in the lobby
  • 1 UBC Baseball Apparel Store




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Renderings of the NSDC.

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Additional renderings of the NSDC.


Check out the construction via live webcam.

“UBC is a world-class university in a fantastic location and is quickly becoming the epicentre for sport in Canada. The government’s commitment to healthy living and sport for our youth, combined with the amenities and synergy at UBC, makes this partnership truly special. We are excited to call the National Soccer Development Centre our home for many years to come.” – Bob Lenarduzzi, President, Vancouver Whitecaps FC


The University of British Columbia’s Vancouver campus will be the home of a new training facility which will form the centerpiece of the proposed National Soccer Development Centre (NSDC) – a new athletic facility to be shared by Vancouver Whitecaps FC, the university and community.

Formed out of a partnership between UBC, the Government of British Columbia and Vancouver Whitecaps FC, the centre will include two new artificial fields, three new refurbished or improved grass fields, and a fieldhouse.

The centre will serve UBC’s varsity and UBC REC athletes, Whitecaps FC men’s, women’s, and Residency teams, and Canada’s men’s, women’s, and youth national teams.  More than 50 per cent of the field time has been dedicated to community programs.

“The new National Soccer Development Centre will be a cornerstone for UBC’s community athletic programs and we are delighted that members of our community as well as our students and athletes will enjoy world-class athletic facilities on campus,” said Louise Cowin, Vice President, Students. “We look forward to growing the sport of soccer and other athletic programs in the community.”

UBC will continue to play a leadership role in hosting, planning or organizing community sport activities, expanding on existing camps, leagues, programs and events. Currently community members make more than 700,000 visits to Thunderbird Park annually to participate in athletic activities and events. UBC expects this to grow through this new partnership.


New UBC Aquatic Centre


A rendering of the new UBC Aquatic Centre.


An overview of the North precinct of Sport Facilities.

The construction of a new, modern Aquatic Centre allows UBC the opportunity to expand and update its current aquatic program. Alongside the need to ensure a new facility can compete with similar facilities in other Post-Secondary institutions, a new Centre will be able to adequately service the growing residential neighbourhoods on campus.  A balance between a competition facility and a neighbourhood leisure facility is a mandate of the final project. Construction is well underway and is expected to be completed late fall 2016. The project will cost approximately $39 million dollars in capital funding.

UBC Athletics and Recreation is taking the lead in planning the project with support from the architectural team of MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects (MJMA) and Acton Ostry Architects. The new Aquatic Centre will be built on top of the old McInnes Field and will be one of the few facilities in Canada to have a high performance and recreational pool under the same roof. The Aquatic Centre will include:

  • a 50m competition pool
  • a 25m recreational pool
  • a leisure pool
  • spectator seating
  • a hot tub
  • universal change rooms
  • male and female change rooms
  • a wet classroom

Once the new Aquatic Centre has opened, the current Aquatic Centre will be demolished and make way for the new site of McInnes Field.

In the fall, UBC will be launching a consultation on Visioning the future of UBC Athletics and Recreation facilities.  We are interested in engaging IM alumni in this process.  If you are interested in being involved, please email IM.alumni@ubc.ca