Almost a year and a half after SU announced plans to build a new football facility, construction on the building is just about to begin. The athletic department announced last week that they can now legally begin building. The facility is not expected to be finished until at least midway through this upcoming season.
The football program has needed its own practice facility for some time now. Scott Shafer’s team usually practices on outdoor fields or in the Carrier Dome. This can cause problems late in the season when there is inclement weather and the Dome is being used for basketball. The team used to have to practice at a smaller field under these conditions, but the new building will solve this problem.
Syracuse is widely regarded as a basketball school first and foremost. With this investment however, the SU athletic department is trying to bridge the gap between the programs and change public perception.
This facility should have a positive impact on football recruiting for the Orange. The basketball program has the $19 million Carmelo K. Anthony Center to wow recruits. SU football has never had anything like that, but will now have a comparable building when the $17 million facility officially opens its doors.
Spending big bucks on a practice facility is an important part of the football team’s ongoing rebuilding process. To truly compete in the ACC, teams need a solid coach (which SU has) and top-level facilities to draw interest from the best recruits. The Dome is Syracuse’s spectacle, but this facility will also go a long way for the team as the program continues its smooth transition from Marrone to Shafer.
Posted by: Connor Morrissette