The new facility will have the same size field as the Carrier Dome, which the school says will allow practice conditions to better reflect a game.
"One of the biggest challenges we have with the Manley Field House facility is that it's only 80 yards. It's not as wide as the Carrier Dome, the way the field's configured in there. So it's tough for them to get 105 athletes in that space and carry on a practice. This is going to allow them to do that,” said Senior Associate Athletic Director Pete Sala.
School officials believe it will take about eight weeks to erect the shell of the building.
They hope to have the practice center completed by the first week in December.
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