UAlbany unveils athletics plans

$24M project will be largely state funded

University at Albany officials and local politicians announce the groundbreaking of a new campus sports complex.

University at Albany officials and local politicians announce the groundbreaking of a new campus sports complex. Photo by Marcy Velte.

— Philips said some construction will occur during the New York Giants’ training camp in the summer, but the school will do everything in its power to make sure the team has “adequate facilities” to practice.

According to Ford, most of the school’s athletic training equipment is Division I quality because of the Giants’ usage, but the field is Division III.

“I think it came down to some political leadership that the money went here and not someplace like Long Island,” he said. “Things are falling into place… the money would just be spent in someplace like Long Island or Buffalo, so why not here?”

The university president went on to add the project could not happened without the support of the Capital Districts three state senators, Neil Breslin, Hugh Farley and Roy McDonald.

The entire project will cost $24 million, with $18 million coming from “allocated state appropriations targeted for capital improvements and scheduled maintenance projects.”

Philips said the money would not be available to the school if it weren’t used for the athletic complex project.

Another $6 million is to be raised through private funding, and the recent press event also included the announcement of the university’s efforts to raise the needed funds.

University at Albany Foundation President George Hearst said an anonymous donor has gifted the university with $1 million to match dollar-for-dollar that of additional donations.

“The anonymous gift… places the University at Albany well on its way to achieving the state-of-the-art multi-sports complex for students, alumni, and the community at large,” he said.

The entire project is scheduled for completion by the winter of 2013.

UAlbany Vice President and Director of Athletics Lee McElroy touted the project as an acknowledgement of the hard work put forward by coaching staffs and their players. He added the community would have use of the field in the off-season.

“All our students, coaches, alumni and community supporters will now receive the Division I-level playing facilities their dedication merits,” he said.

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