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Syracuse facilities aim to keep pace in ACC

Syracuse will continue designing and begin construction later this year on its $17 million indoor practice facility, the school announced on Tuesday.

The school's release said the facility will provide "essential and transformational amenities needed to compete for championships in the Athletic Coast Conference."

Syracuse officially joins the ACC with Pittsburgh on July 1.

From the release:

The 87,000-square foot building will provide the football program with an innovative and modern practice environment, enhance recruiting efforts, and help develop the best and brightest student-athletes from across the nation. While the football program will be the main tenant of the new center, all Syracuse athletics programs will have access and use of the center to better develop student-athlete performance and provide a student-athlete experience at Syracuse University second to none. The construction of the center further affirms SU's commitment to have one of the top athletics programs in the country.

"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," athletic director Daryl Gross said in a prepared statement. "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."