The forthcoming $500 million complex will have The Rock at La Cantera as the Spurs’ latest home facility.
After nearly a decade of planning and researching, RC Buford is close to realizing his vision for the San Antonio Spurs’ new practice facility. The Rock at La Cantera, part of a $500 million complex, will not only serve as a gym but also a “global center for excellence in human and athletic performance”. Buford, the Spurs’ CEO, emphasizes that the goal is not to outdo other NBA teams but to create an environment that promotes the Spurs’ culture. Every detail has been considered, including mimicking the acoustics of the current practice court. The facility will be ready for training camp in two months, and the Spurs players will be constantly reminded of their culture from the moment they park their cars in the underground garage.
The Spurs organization plans to build a new complex that will serve as a global center for excellence in human and athletic performance. The facility’s design includes a “sense of arrival” for players, with sightlines of the court and championship banners. The building’s foundation is based on the Pound the Rock quote, which symbolizes perseverance and hard work. The facility will utilize sustainable practices, such as solar panels and water recapturing systems. The new home will provide at least 90,000 square feet of space for basketball operations, including larger locker rooms and meeting rooms. The original plan was to expand the current facility, but it proved to be more cost-effective to start from scratch. The Spurs Club will feature large viewing windows, a bar, and a reception area, with a park, splash pad, dog park, restaurant, and outdoor screen planned for the community’s use.
In the recently constructed performance center, the hydrotherapy pools have been designed to be 8 feet deep to enable even the tallest basketball players to be completely immersed in the water. The main idea behind building the center was to create an opportunity for families to enjoy a unique experience without any cost. The facility has been designed with every detail in mind, including rooms that cater to mental health needs and enough storage space to surpass other NBA teams. The San Antonio Spurs are currently enjoying a four-year rebuild, and this facility comes at the perfect time, just as they return to the NBA spotlight. Although some people regard it as Buford’s legacy, he explains that it is solely for the team and the community.