Syracuse Lally Athletics Complex Opens Entranceway
The first milestone in the ongoing multimillion-dollar, multi-year capital campaign to build a new home for the Orange will welcome all visitors to the Lally Athletics Complex. When completed, the John A. Lally Athletics Complex will stand as a state-of-the-art academic and athletics village serving all 20 Syracuse University teams and more than 600 student-athletes.Last Friday afternoon in front of more than 100 esteemed donors, coaches, student-athletes, and University leaders, Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Svyerud, Director of Athletics John Wildhack ’80 and lead donors John A. ’82 and Laura Lally cut the ribbon to officially mark the opening of the John A. Lally Athletics Complex entranceway.
“The John A. Lally Athletics Complex is an Athletic and Academic Village,” Wildhack said. “It represents our commitment to provide every student-athlete with the tools to reach their full potential, both academically and athletically. We will provide best-in-class services in academic support, sports medicine, nutrition, strength and conditioning, career counseling, and personal support for every student-athlete at Syracuse. It will enable us to recruit the brightest and best student-athletes. It will help us compete and win at the ACC and national level. The success of our student-athletes, both academically and athletically, will bring great pride to our University, our community, our alumni, and Orange fans around the world.”
A key priority of Forever Orange, Syracuse University’s comprehensive capital campaign, the Lally Athletics Complex will elevate the student-athlete experience and provide a first-rate facility to help the department continue to develop, recruit and retain high-caliber student-athletes.
Friday’s ribbon cutting marked the completion of construction on a new front entrance and expanded meeting space that features engaging interactive technology and state-of-the-art video boards.
The entranceway will be the central entry for all alumni, friends, staff, coaches, student-athletes, and prospective student-athletes and their families to enter into the home of Syracuse Athletics. Future plans for the complex call for the second level of the entranceway to be expanded into a student-athlete academic success center serving all Syracuse student-athletes.
Momentum for the campaign is building as the ‘Cuse Athletics Fund (‘CAF) and Syracuse University continue to fundraise for the next phases of the John A. Lally Athletics Complex. The $150 million campaign includes the creation of a new Football Operations Center and the ‘One Team’ Olympic Sports Center, which will be utilized by all Olympic sports teams and house updated dining and nutrition facilities, renovated locker rooms, medical training, and strength and conditioning facilities, and modernized displays honoring the history of Syracuse Athletics.
To date, the Phase 1 fundraising goal to continue construction on the John A. Lally Athletics Complex is 90% complete. In just two years, the Legends Society, a leadership group of fans, family, and alumni who join in a shared vision to provide current and future student-athletes with a championship experience through philanthropy, has grown to almost 170 donors who have made major gift commitments to support Syracuse Athletics and the John A. Lally Athletics Complex.