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 men's soccer locker room houses 28 wooden lockers, a 60 inch flat screen TV and white board.  It's U-shaped design makes it a perfect space for team talks prior to a game of video analysis.


The 6,00 square foot Sports Performance area was upgraded in 2015 with all new equipment creating a state of the art facility.  The space allows for a large squad such as men's soccer to train as a team and is essential to the day-to-day strength and Conditioning need of a Division 1 soccer player.


This 48 seat theatre style meeting space is equipped with a HD projector which is utilized by varsity teams for video analysis and scouting of opponents. The back drop is also used for press conferences after Canisius College home soccer games.