SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy announced today that the college will be increasing the size and scope of its future Athletic and Convocation Center.
Site survey, soil investigations and the preliminary design work are underway with actual construction set to begin in the spring. The new plans are to build a $36.7 million complex.
“We have added an additional $18.7 million to our new capital plan for these facilities,” Kennedy said. “Combined with the previously approved $18 million from the state, this will enable us to include all of the modern amenities that this type of project should incorporate. It will dramatically change the atmosphere and personality of our campus.”
The new plan includes a hockey arena, gymnasium, field house, fitness center, pool, locker room facilities, and athletic department office space. Previous designs had planned to continue using the gymnasium and facilities in Dana Hall, but that is no longer a viable option.
“At this time, the renovation costs far exceed the costs of replacing Dana Hall,” Kennedy said. “Because of recently diagnosed structural problems in Dana Hall, we are in the process of vacating that facility, utilizing other on-campus temporary space, and moving forward as expeditiously as possible with our new Athletic and Convocation Center.”
SUNY Canton athletics have experienced tremendous growth recently. The college’s teams now compete against other four-year institutions in the Sunrise Conference of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Men’s and women’s cross country teams were added this past year and the college recently adopted Kangaroos as its new athletic nickname.
“Our athletic program continues to evolve and progress at an exciting pace,” Kennedy said. “As we do so, we will continue to recognize those who have made it possible. The Dana name will be remembered and honored appropriately within the new facility.”
SUNY Canton’s new all-weather, lighted synthetic turf field was unveiled this fall. It has hosted the college’s soccer teams and has been extensively utilized for the area’s high school Section X soccer playoffs. The college also did extensive renovations on the cross country trails that run behind the campus through the woods along the Grasse River. In addition, a new on-campus baseball field will be ready for competition next fall.