New indoor facility on the way for Syracuse
Syracuse, the only program in FBS to share its facility with its basketball team, is close to finally getting its own indoor practice facility. The Orange have shared the Carrier Dome for more than 30 years, and also share their indoor facility, Manley Field House, with the majority of Syracuse's other teams, including lacrosse, softball and track and field.
It took Doug Marrone's arrival as head coach for Syracuse to agree to construct a football-specific indoor facility, and with Marrone now further into western New York as the head coach of the Buffalo Bills, Scott Shafer gets to benefit from Marrone's request.
“For the football practice facility, we designed the building to create an environment that would enhance the practice session. Composed as a highly regulated and repetitive structure, all systems throughout the facility are deployed in the service of order and conceived to reinforce a sense of regularity and consistency," Bernheimer Architecture firm told SUJuiceOnline.com.
"Column bays and light queen post trusses occur every ten yards, in alignment with the field landmarks. Translucent wall panels provide a well-lit neutral background and daylighting (sic) to minimize energy use. The base of the building is formed from precast concrete panels that are cast with patterned dimples of embedded footballs.”
In layman's terms, the facility will have a 120-yard practice field, space for video crews, offices and, most importantly, a connection to the Iocolano-Petty football wing of the athletic facility. Most importantly, the house becomes much less crowded across Syracuse's entire athletic department.
Below is a rendering from SUJuiceOnline.com. As always, we'll have more coverage when the facility is officially unveiled.