Playford Road (training ground)
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|Location||Rushmere St Andrew,|
|Owner||Gamechanger 20 Limited|
Playford Road was officially opened in 2001. In addition to multiple pitches, the initial development of the training ground also included a dome housing an indoor pitch, with new buildings also being constructed including a canteen, players' lounge, parents' lounge, recreation room, classroom, changing rooms and office accommodation.
In 2018, a new state of the art gym was installed at Playford Road. Further development work was done during 2019, with new improvements made to the medical facilities, including the installation of a £90k recovery suite, £100k was also spent on installing new fencing around the complex, as well as general up keeping work.
Following the club's sale to US-based group Gamechanger 20 in April 2021, Playford Road also became property of the new owners. A small unused section of the ground remained under the ownership of Marcus Evans, where the EADT has reported he intends on building a new housing development.
The Playford Road complex includes a wide range of facilities for both the first-team and academy, including a gym, recovery suite, canteen, players' lounge, parents' lounge, recreation room, classroom, changing rooms and office accommodation. The training ground also includes 11 pitches of various specifications, including four full-size grass pitches, four medium-size grass pitches, one medium-size floodlit grass pitch, one full-size floodlit artificial 3G pitch and one indoor medium-size artificial 3G pitch, located within the dome.
- "Town open doors to new training centre". Ipswich Star. 16 October 2001. Retrieved 28 October 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "'Parts of it were like a bomb site' – Lambert praises Evans for splashing the cash on 'horrendous' training ground". East Anglian Daily Times. 2 November 2019. Retrieved 28 October 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)