The New York Red Bulls professional soccer team said it’s opening a sprawling 80-acre training complex at the former site of the Honeywell International headquarters off Columbia Road in Morris Township.
Once completed in 2024, the Red Bulls complex will include eight full-sized soccer pitches, the team’s front office staff and the New York Red Bulls Academy and Youth Training programs.
“We are excited that the New York Red Bulls are planning to make Morris Township their future home and looking forward to beginning the approval process with them,” Morris Township Mayor Jeffrey Grayzel said in a prepared Wednesday statement. “The Red Bulls organization has done a tremendous job contributing to and supporting their local community and creating lifelong fans.”
Construction will start next year, the team said in the Oct. 27 announcement, and for now the Red Bulls will continue to use its existing training grounds in nearby Hanover.
“The facilities and accommodations will provide our First Team, as well as our valued young players, with the highest levels of support necessary to succeed with our club,” New York Red Bulls Head of Sport Kevin Thelwell added in the statement.
Honeywell, which was awarded a $40 million tax break by the state, announced three years ago that it was moving its North American headquarters to North Carolina, but that it would keep approximately 1,000 jobs in New Jersey.