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Boston University athletics program has undergone extensive makeover

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The newly constructed 110,000 square-foot New Balance Field is only part of the makeover that Boston University Athletics has undergone over the past year.

Between opening that facility this fall, officially joining the Patriot League over the summer, hiring a new hockey coach in the spring, and adding a lacrosse team to begin play next spring, the school sees itself entering a new era.

“With all the big things that are happening this year, it’s really creating a new identity for us,” said athletic director Mike Lynch. “We’re making excellence a priority.

“I think all of these things, all of these changes that we’re going through . . . are creating a lot of buzz around here.”

It didn’t come without some difficult changes, however.

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