Koessler Athletic Center
Demske Sports Complex
Frank Lloyd Wright's Fontana Boathouse
Koessler Athletic Center Pool
Buffalo State Sports Arena
Home Golf Courses
Koessler Athletic Center
The focal point of all campus sports activity is the Koessler Athletic Center. Built in 1968 at a cost of $3 million, the KAC houses both the Physical Education and Athletic Departments and is the site of intercollegiate, intramural, recreation and local high school sporting events. The facility also hosts numerous concerts, comedy shows and the College's graduate school graduation ceremonies.
The KAC consists of a multi-purpose gymnasium, swimming pool, the Center for Athletic Training, the school's varsity weight room, a fitness center, coaches' offices and classrooms. The gymnasium underwent a face lift that was completed in 2002. The ceiling was removed, and the walls were refinished and painted. The bleachers were replaced with 1,100 chair back seats and new bleachers, bringing the capacity to 2,196. The floor was refinished and repainted, and a new sound system was installed. In addition, the lighting was upgraded and wiring was added to allow for televised games. The final touch was the addition of new scoreboards, one of which lists individual players’ points and fouls. The $1.3 million renovations were made with the help of a $1 million gift from Chester and Diane Stranczek. Over the past 10 years, the KAC has added offices for its staff on the ground level, new equipment in an expanded weight room, new offices for the Athletic Department, a new ticket office and the state-of-the-art Center for Athletic Training.
Basketball Seating Capacity
New Turf Photo Gallery
The Rev. James M. Demske, S.J. Sports Complex, built in 1989 at a cost of $4.5 million, provides a home field for Canisius College athletics. It has been hailed by the New York Times, USA Today, and The NCAA News as a model for urban campuses.
The facility is unique for its space utilization in a compact urban setting and has set the standard for design for other schools with limited land. Built on a 14-acre parcel of land located behind the Koessler Athletic Center, the multi-use, all-purpose, all-weather A-Turf surface serves as home to the Golden Griffin soccer, lacrosse, baseball and softball teams. The field, which is fully lighted for evening activities, features grandstand seating for 1,000 and portable bleachers for 200. In addition to the field, locker rooms for Canisius student-athletes and visiting opponents sits adjacent to the Koessler Athletic Center.
The Demske Sports Complex underwent a major face lift during the summer of 2008 when Canisius replaced the old AstroTurf 12 playing surface with 123,000 square feet of A-Turf. A-Turf is a multi-purpose, all-weather synthetic playing surface that is virtually unaffected by adverse weather conditions. Using natural grass as its model, A-Turf’s synthetic turf consists of a denser construction of polyethylene fibers and a high-level of specialized rubber and sand mix to increase playability and lower the G-Max rating. The lower the G-Max rating, the greater the shock absorption and less impact to the athlete. In addition to the work on the playing fields, Canisius also installed brand new scoreboards and new baseball dugouts along the first and third base sides.
The Demske Sports Complex hosted the 2004, 2009 and 2011 MAAC Men’s Lacrosse League Championships and also served as the site of the 2010 MAAC Softball Championships. In May 2012, Canisius will host the MAAC Women's Lacrosse Championship on the Demske turf for the first time in school history.
|Frank Lloyd Wright's Fontana Boathouse|
Since the Fall of 2011, the Canisius rowing program has called the Frank Lloyd Wright's Fontana Boathouse their home. The Boathouse was named in honor of Charles L. Fontana for his contributions to the rowing community of Western New York. Fontana served as the Canisius crew coach from 1964-79 and was inducted into the Canisius Sports Hall of Fame in 1985.
The Frank Lloyd Wright's Fontana Boathouse was originally designed by world-renown architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1905, his only boathouse design. Waiting for the right destination for his design to call home, his vision came to fruition in a state-of-the-art 5,000 square foot space built in September 2007 after years of fundraising and negotations. The $6.1 million facility is located along the Black Rock Canal, adjacent to the international Peace Bridge between the U.S. and Canada.
Original construction of the facility was completed in 1968. Renovations were completed on the pool in 2005 and new scoreboards, featuring timing breakdowns for each lane, were installed in the summer of 2006. During the fall of 2009, brand new lights were installed in the facility, providing a better experience for swimmers and fans.
|Buffalo State Sports Arena|
The Canisius hockey team calls Buffalo State Sports Arena home and has amassed a 82-62-25 home record in 12 seasons there.
The arena boasts seven locker rooms, including one used year-round by the Griffs. The building also has a concession area, a skate shop with sharpening and rentals, a 200x85 ice surface and a seating capacity of 1,800. The Griffs have hosted four playoff games at the Buffalo State Sports Arena and have played a number of locally televised games in their off-campus home, including four home dates since the start of the 2009-10 season. The facility has served as a practice arena for the National Hockey League’s Buffalo Sabres and also hosts the SABAH, "Super Sunday" High School Hockey Championships, the NJCAA Championships, the Buffalo Skating Club, the Federation High School Hockey League and several youth hockey groups.
The arena is the home to the Buffalo Sabres (NHL), the Buffalo Bandits (NLL) and many forms of entertainment for people of all ages. The $127.5 million facility, located at the foot of Main Street and South Park Avenue, can seat 18,400 for basketball and 18,595 for hockey. Canisius co-hosted the NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Frozen Four at the HSBC Arena in 2003 and has served as the co-host for the first and second rounds of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament in 2000, 2004, 2007 and 2010. The men's basketball team has played a total of 44 games in the downtown facility and set a new regular season attendance record Nov. 25, 2006, when 14,823 fans came out to see the Griffs play host to Syracuse. The building has also served as the host site to four MAAC Men and Women's Basketball Tournaments, with the last occasion coming in 2005, where the Canisius women's basketball team secured the school's first MAAC women's hoops title and the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament.
|Northtown Center at Amherst|
The Northtown Center at Amherst (formerly known as the Amherst Pepsi Center) is the secondary home for the Canisius College hockey program. The Griffs have played 18 home games in the facility since the 1999-00.
The Northtown Center at Amherst features four sheets of ice, three that measure 200x85 and one that is an Olympic-sized rink. The facility provides three ice rinks year-round and melts one sheet of ice in April to accommodate roller hockey. It is estimated that a couple of hundred hockey teams come play in the Northtown Center through the year and there is also a figure skating club that calls the building home. The nearly 200,000 square foot building regularly plays host to the National Hockey League's Buffalo Sabres' practices and has been the home for the USA Hockey National Tournament in each of the last three years. The Northtown Center was the home of the 2009 USA Hockey Disabled Festival Western New York in 2009.
|Home Golf Courses|
Brierwood Country Club is one of two home courses for the Canisius Collge golf program. Brierwood served as the host venue for the 2002 and 2008 Little Three Championship between Canisius, Niagara and St. Bonaventure.
Located in Hamburg, N.Y., Brierwood Country Club plays 7,061 from the men's tees, with a course rating of 73.6 and a slope of 130. The facility is also host to the annual Canisius College Blue and Gold Golf Tournament, which is held each summer to raise money for the Canisius College Blue and Gold Fund.
Harvest Hill Golf Course is an 18-hole, daily fee golf course located in Orchard Park, N.Y. One of the area's newest public tracks, Harvest Hill boasts a Learning Center, a short-game facility, a range and a seperate three-hole teaching course that can be utilized to improve a golfer's long-game and short-game skill level.From the championship tees, Harvest Hill is listed at 7,010 yards and holds a USGA course rating of 73.8 and a slope of 129.