New Hub for Football Training at Syracuse University

Syracuse University, Ensley Athletic Center, Syracuse, NY

Syracuse University’s Ensley Athletic Center is a stand-out facility that enhances it football team’s ability to practice, train and recruit new players. The 87,000 sf facility creates a space where both offensive and defensive units can practice on the field at once and also offers an indoor hub where the team can start spring practices earlier in the year amidst the cold upstate New York weather. The Ensley Athletic Center is a year-round facility that also accommodates the school’s lacrosse, soccer and field hockey teams. The training center also houses a 7,600 sf entry pavilion which houses meeting space and amenities for current players, recruits and staff.

The facility also honors Syracuse University’s rich legacy of football success in numerous ways. First, the facility is named after Cliff Ensley, a walk-on who earned a football scholarship and became a three-sport standout at Syracuse in the late 1960s. Moreover, when players emerge from the locker rooms in the Manley Field House, they pass through Plaza 44 which celebrates the school’s great running backs, Ernie David, Floyd Little and James Brown en route to the new indoor practice facility.


This is going to bring a lot of excitement to Syracuse University athletics.

Cliff Ensley, Donor

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