Cathy Mahaffey had been waiting a long time for Monday afternoon.

A dozen years to be exact.

That’s how long the club director has been pushing for the Northern Colorado Volleyball Club (NORCO) to build a permanent training facility.

“It has been a 12-year dream,” Mahaffey admitted Monday, just minutes after the traditional turning-the-dirt ceremony for the 30,000-square-foot facility.

The building, 7385 Greendale Road, is conveniently located about 1.5 miles east of Interstate 25 along Crossroads Boulevard. The training center will have six indoor courts with a 25-foot clearing span and spectator seating. It also will have two outdoor sand courts.

“This is so important because of the interest we’ve had and the fact that we’ve been turning kids away because of a lack of space,” Mahaffey said. “We just needed a place to call home and now we are going to have one.”

Mahaffey said the club has 19 teams, about 200 players and a staff of 40 coaches. She anticipates that will likely grow as the facility opens next year and its popularity is realized.

Glenn Sapp, the commissioner of the Rocky Mountain Region for USA Volleyball agrees.

“This facility will be incredible,” Sapp said on Monday. “It’s an incredible vision. It will be great for the region, not only Northern Colorado. People will come here from Pueblo, Laramie, all over. “It’s an incredible achievement.”

Drahota Construction will build the facility, Gregory Electric will do the electrical work, McWHINNEY¬†Enterprises will be the owner’s rep, and SCH2 is the architectural firm.