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Madison gets new sports training facility

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MADISON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

St. Dominic's Hospital announced a partnership on Wednesday that will bring a new state of the art fitness facility to Madison. Once the new center is open the hope is to attract more health, wellness and recreational facilities to the area.

With shovels in hand a group of local officials broke ground on a new athletic training center coming to Madison off of Galleria Parkway.

D1 Sports Training CEO Will Bartholomew said, "the facility will be 20,000 square feet it'll include an indoor turf field, full size weight room, first class locker rooms and physical therapy center."

The new facility is called D1 Sports Training. It'll take up a portion of a 110 acre plot of land. Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler said, "when you look at the plans this will be a destination point and it will be something to be proud of and draw people all throughout the Southeast." 

The training facility is already located in 13 cities. It's known for training athletes like Peyton Manning. D1 will be open to everyone, not just athletes. Bartholomew said, "the concept is to train everyone like a division one athlete, hence the name D1, so everyone trains like a D1 athlete."

Aside from D1, Lester Diamond, the Executive Vice President of Operations for St. Dominic's says his vision for the 110 acre area would also include a wellness center, an amphitheater, playground, educational building and hotel.  "In order to accomplish that we're going to be able to attract local, state and national companies to sale naming rights to the facility," said Diamond.

In addition to building a sports and health facility in Madison, St. Dominic's would also like to bring a hospital to the city as well. If things go as planned that hospital would be built on more than 200 acres of land just across from the D1 construction site.

Diamond said, "we do have a certificate of need application that's currently at the Supreme Court level being reviewed for a hospital here in Madison that would be situated across the street from this facility."

 A decision on the hospital is expected sometime next year. D1 is scheduled to open next summer.

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