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Boston Landing’s TRACK at new balance breaks ground

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Athletics facility due to include sports lab and performance venues; 2021 opening planned

Photo courtesy of New Balance Athletics

The development team behind Brighton’s unfolding Boston Landing complex broke ground April 1 on what it’s calling the TRACK at new balance.

The athletic compound is due to include a hydraulically banked 200-meter indoor track and a warmup track as well as a 20,000-square-foot laboratory that “will focus on running, soccer, baseball, tennis, basketball, and more using next-generation motion capture, specialty treadmills, and force-platform technology,” per a release from the NB Development Group, which includes athletic gear giant New Balance.

That company has its headquarters at Boston Landing; and the Celtics and the Bruins have practice facilities there. (It’s the big, spaceship-looking complex motorists see going in and out of Boston on the Mass. Pike.)

The TRACK at new balance is also due to have a performance venue that will be able to hold up to 5,000 spectators and that the Bowery Presents will operate. (It was originally touted as being designed for up to 3,500.) The Bowery Presents’ other venues include Boston’s Royale and the Sinclair in Cambridge.

The TRACK, too, is expected to have ground-floor retail.

The whole package is scheduled for a late summer 2021 finish, the developers say, with a rollout afterward. Stay tuned.