Manley Field House

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Manley Field House
Former names Low Hill
Location Comstock Ave & E. Colvin St
Syracuse, NY 13244
Owner Syracuse University
Operator Syracuse University
Capacity 9,536
Surface Hard maple (basketball)
Tartan turf (track)
Field Turf (2009)
Opened 1962
Tenants
Syracuse Orange

Manley Field House is a multi-purpose arena in Syracuse, New York. The arena opened in 1962 and at one time held 9,500 people for home games. It was home to the Syracuse Orange men's and women's basketball teams, the indoor track team, and the women's volleyball team before the Carrier Dome opened in 1980. It is named for Dr. George L. Manley, a University trustee and graduate of the College of Medicine, who was the benefactor of the building. It was built to replace the old Archbold Gymnasium, which had served for almost 60 years prior.

Manley Field House hosted the ECAC Upstate Region Tournament organized by the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) in 1976 as well as a semifinal game of the 1977 ECAC South Region Tournament.[1][2][3]

Renovations[edit]

On September 26, 2007, ground was broken for the new Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center, which will house practice courts, weight rooms, locker rooms and offices for both the men’s and women’s basketball teams. This will free up Manley Field House, which is the current practice facility for the teams. Additionally, for the 2007-2008 season, the women’s basketball team will play all of its home games in the Carrier Dome for the first time. With basketball out of Manley Field House, the arena will be converted into an indoor practice facility for football and men’s and women’s lacrosse.

Due to the climate of Syracuse, the University had lost a recruiting edge to other schools with newer football facilities. The field house will be retrofitted with Field Turf and will provide ample practice space for the outdoor teams, which usually fight for space (usually only half of a field) in the Carrier Dome in late-winter/early-spring when the basketball court is still set up. Full glass windows will be installed and the seating will be removed, creating room for nearly a full-sized football field. The entrance to the sports complex will be upgraded to create a sleek new look, joining the new basketball with the renovated field house and the Iocolano-Petty Football Complex.

On January 27, 2008, a temporary AstroTurf-like "carpet" was installed to provide immediate practice space for the outdoor teams until the permanent installation takes place.

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Coordinates: 43°1′27″N 76°7′36″W / 43.02417°N 76.12667°W / 43.02417; -76.12667