Movin' On Up

Syracuse, preparing for its future in the Atlantic Coast Conference, adds one more piece to its football program, and it is a big one. More inside.

After already making and showcasing renovations on the Iocolano-Petty Football Wing at Manley Field House earlier this year, Syracuse University will head to the hardhats in 2013 for the creation of yet another element of their community that will assist both current and incoming student-athletes.

This new 87,000-square foot center will cost $17 million, according to the university, and will call home the land that currently holds upon it Joseph Vielbig Outdoor Track Stadium.

Not forgotten, the track and field and cross country teams will have a new facility for them as well, which will be located on South Campus, as stated by Gross, something that track and field and cross country head coach Chris Fox is pleased to hear. "We are grateful to have a new facility for our cross country and track and field programs which will allow for greater flexibility to train the more than 80 student-athletes in our program," Fox remarked. "It will undoubtedly help us achieve our goal of competing for championships."

The new indoor facility will be used primarily by the Syracuse Orange football program, but will be open to all student-athletes.

"The timing is perfect for this great project as Coach [Scott] Shafer takes over the football program coming off a successful bowl-winning campaign, and while we are enjoying the best team success across the board in the history of Syracuse Athletics," said Syracuse University Director of Athletics Dr. Daryl Gross. "Now is the critical time to press forward as we strive to compete for championships in the ACC. This practice center will give our football program, and our other programs, the opportunity to prepare, practice and play amongst the best in the nation, while providing the best possible environment for the development of all of our special student-athletes. Like the Carmelo Anthony Center has helped our men's and women's basketball programs compete at the highest level, this critical new center will continue our football program's momentum, and is absolutely essential in our pursuit of top-level student-athletes and conference championships. As the only BCS representative in the Empire State of New York, the center will continue our mission to restore Syracuse football to its rightful place."

Fresh into his first season as the head coach of Syracuse's football squad, Scott Shafer had positive words to share as well about the upcoming project that will result in upgrades to help his program in the not-too-distant future. "This commitment will give our student-athletes a first-rate complex to utilize as we move to the ACC and compete for championships," Shafer expressed. "With our outstanding staff, this building puts us on par or ahead of our competitors in the new league, and will attract and help us develop the kind of outstanding citizens and student-athletes required to win at this level."

Construction of the indoor practice facility will not come without the help of the community. "We will be seeking generous support of the Orange Nation to help us move this project and others to completion in record time as we gear up for our move to the ACC this fall," Gross stated. "Several naming opportunities have been identified to recognize contributors at all gift levels for this important project."

The Orange football program had already received a new strength and conditioning facility as well as practice fields, along with improvements to their sports medicine center. Those were followed by the aforementioned upgrades done to the football wing, enhancing locker facilities, lounges, team meeting spaces, the cafeteria and the Hall-of-Fame lobby.

Thus, the new indoor facility adds another positive element in which to continue to build the Orange football program back to the prominence it once had, while also aiding other Syracuse sports programs simultaneously.

We thank Syracuse Athletics for their contribution to this report.

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