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Syracuse Unveils Plans for New Athletics Complex

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Syracuse University is seeking approval for a complete renovation of its athletics facilities, including a new 51,000-square-foot football complex.

The proposed plan will be discussed by the planning commission at a meeting next week. 

As part of its proposal, Syracuse is seeking approval for the demolition of its existing football facilities and to carve out a bigger footprint for sports medicine, coaches’ offices, locker rooms, dining, a players’ lounge and team meeting space.

According to, the plan is part of the university’s $150 million fundraising effort to remake Manley Field House, which is slated to be renamed the John A. Lally Athletics Complex after the donor kickstarted the project with a $25 million donation. 

The project currently has no timeline for the new football facilities, which are listes as part of Phase 2 of the project. 

“As with all major universities, it is essential that first class, state-of-the-art athletics facilities be provided for intercollegiate sports,” the school wrote in its proposal, according to 

The complex will be named for former football player and donor John Lally, whose $25 million gift with his wife, Laura, helped get the project off the ground.

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