Syracuse University in New York, US, is to spend $118 million on revamping its stadium over the next few years.
Upgrades include a new fixed roof, a vertically hung scoreboard, state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems, improved accessibility and added Wi-Fi capabilities.
The $118 million investment, authorised by the Board of Trustees, will enable the University to create a new stadium experience for students, faculty, staff, alumni and fans alike.
The stadium upgrades represent the next step in advancing the $255 million West Campus transformation strategy the University first announced in 2016.
Chancellor Kent Syverudsaid:
This is a great day for Syracuse University as we take a significant step in advancing the goals contained in our Campus Framework, a 20-year roadmap designed to align our vision and mission with our physical space. Creating a new stadium experience is a key element to supporting a vibrant and diverse campus community.
The decision to move forward with this investment follows a comprehensive, multi-year review and assessment process.
Pete Sala, vice presidentand chief facilities officer in the Division of Business, Finance and Administrative Services said:
Replacing the ageing roof is really just the tip of the iceberg. The visitor experience will be completely transformed. From the enhanced natural lighting in the facility to the ease at which the scoreboard can be viewed, from the new lighting and sound systems to the added restrooms and concessions, our visitors can expect nothing short of a first-class experience.
My team and I are eager to get this project underway and we look forward to providing our visitors an experience unlike anything they’ve had on our campus before.
John Wildhack, director of athletics, added:
As the only stadium in the country that is home to five sports, including two women’s sports, this transformation is really a game-changer for Syracuse University athletics. The transformed facility will afford our coaches and athletics staff the tools necessary to continue attracting student-athletes who perform as well in their academics as they do in their respective sports.
I am especially thankful that the University will work closely with our department to limit disruption to our home athletic events. Though we’re still working through a timeline, we are hopeful that the impact on our teams will be minimal.