Dallas Fort Worth International (DFW) Airport in the US has opened a new high-tech sports training complex called ‘Drive Nation’ for top-tier athletes and customers as part of its growing portfolio of commercial developments.
US basketball player Jermaine O’Neal founded Drive Nation with an aim to train athletes across the country and worldwide.
The $10.4m facility, which is located on 16.2 acres of land at DFW Airport, is the first of its kind at an airport and will be home to O’Neal’s Drive Nation Skills Academy for boys and girls in grades three to 12.
The new facility features more than 90,000ft² of indoor space, including basketball and volleyball courts, player lounges, a 10,000ft² weight room, performance training area and a 50-yard all-purpose indoor turf area.
O’Neal said: “Drive Nation’s vision of providing total student-athlete performance training, skills development and emotional wellness, leadership and character programmes is now open to amateur athletes throughout the Dallas Fort Worth area.
“The ultimate goal is to develop kids for college. We are excited to be right at the airport where we can easily reach thousands of student-athletes every year and connect them to world-class coaches in one of the most advanced facilities for training.”
O’Neal will serve on the coaching staff and brings more than two decades of professional experience to the Drive Nation Skills Academy.
The Drive Nation Sports Complex and the Drive Nation Skills Academy are aimed at creating well-rounded, dynamic players through physical training, skills development and elite-level coaching.
DFW Airport Infrastructure and Development executive vice-president Khaled Naja said: “We’re thrilled to welcome Jermaine and Drive Nation to DFW, knowing that his team and the DFW team have a vision for serving people through personal relationships and leading-edge technology.
“Drive Nation will be a great asset for our region, bringing in teams and families throughout the year.”
Sports Facilities Management, an outsourced management firm, will be responsible for managing the new facility.
The Academy is currently accepting registrations for boys and girls in the third to 12th grade.