Fiat Saxon Hill

Dear Alfred University students, staff, and faculty: 

Last week, the Alfred University Board of Trustees unanimously approved moving to the design phase for construction of Saxon Hill, a new University sports complex located on Jericho Hill, 1.8 miles south of our Main Campus. This project will advantage our University in a number of significant ways and enable us to better live into our place. When completed, it will include two turf fields, an outdoor track, a baseball diamond, additional facilities for playing softball, and enhanced spaces for other recreational activities. The project will:

  • Deliver an improved experience for our students—athletes as well as non-athletes 
  • Improve practice times for our present field sport teams (lacrosse, soccer, and football)
  • Enable the addition of new sports, such as field hockey, baseball, archery, women’s rugby, and men’s volleyball 
  • Enhance opportunities for cross country, track and field, intramural, and club sports 
  • Provide regular shuttle service to and from the complex 
  • Increase student prospect visits, recruitment, and retention rates for our University 
  • Add 125 more students to our overall enrollment 
  • Build upon the student opportunities already in place on Saxon Hill with our world-class Equestrian Center and Foster Lake
Initial Saxon Hill Conceptualization

The total cost for the complex is estimated to be $18-20 million.  Philanthropy will play the central role in providing the necessary funding and thereby ensuring that the project enhances the overall finances of our University. We have already received $3.25 million in gifts to support the project plus a $1 million bequest designated specifically for maintaining the complex. 

We are grateful for the generous philanthropic support of our Board members and other alumni and friends. Their support enhances the student experience at Alfred University through underwriting game-changing projects like Saxon Hill; the on-campus foundry/distributed boiler system; upgrades of educational spaces; and renovations of our residence halls (The Brick this summer following Connors, Moskowitz, and Tefft over 2018-2020).  

Fiat Saxon Hill!