Celtics break ground at Auerbach Center; rendering shows 2017 title banner

The Boston Celtics held a groundbreaking ceremony Monday at the site of their new practice facility, which will be called The Auerbach Center at New Balance World Headquarters.

In one rendering of the 70,000-square-foot facility, showcasing two full-length practice courts, a 2017 championship banner can be seen hanging alongside Boston's other 17 title banners.

The new facility, which is being built in the Allston-Brighton neighborhood of Boston, has a target completion for the spring of 2018. The facility is located next to Warrior Ice Arena, the recently opened practice facility of the NHL's Boston Bruins.

The Celtics' practice arena will be cantilevered to the edge of the abutting Massachusetts Turnpike at 55 feet in the air, giving passing motorists a glimpse of the team's facilities -- and those championship banners.

The facility is named for Hall of Fame coach and executive Red Auerbach.

in a news release, Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck said the team is, "honored that [New Balance has] agreed to carry forth Red's legacy in the naming of the Auerbach Center at New Balance Headquarters. Red had no peer as an innovator in our sport, and we feel like it is fitting that our partner New Balance will help us continue to be a leading innovator as we pursue Banner 18 and beyond."

Some of the amenities highlighted by the team in detailing the new facility:

  • Two state-of-the-art parquet floor basketball courts where the team will practice;

  • Leading-edge audio-visual technology throughout the facility;

  • Expanded strength and conditioning, training and recovery facilities;

  • Best-in-class locker rooms and players; lounge'

  • Physical therapy areas, including hydrotherapy pools;

  • Sports science and nutrition facilities;

  • Expanded media work room, news conference and broadcast facilities;

  • A flexible hospitality area designed for community relations activities, partner gatherings and other guest events;

  • Work space for the team's coaching and basketball front office staffs.

Since 1999, the Celtics have practiced at HealthPoint, a health club in the Boston suburb of Waltham. The new site will bring the team closer to TD Garden and its neighboring executive offices in downtown Boston.