Posted January 13, 2014

Syracuse considering constructing a new retractable-roof stadium

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Carrier Dome on Sept. 14, 2013. (Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

Carrier Dome on Sept. 14, 2013. (Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

As folks in Syracuse, N.Y., cry to save the Carrier Dome, just what exactly are they saving it from? Well, how does a brand-new, 40,000-seat retractable-roof stadium for the entire city of Syracuse, including Syracuse University’s football and basketball teams, sound?

The latest reports out of up-state New York via the Post-Standard has this new stadium — still in “preliminary” planning — hosting everything from The Orange’s two most high-profile sports teams to local lacrosse, hockey and potentially big-name concerts.

Syracuse is no stranger to housing football and basketball in the same expansive venue, with the nearly 50,000-seat, on-campus Carrier Dome home to both sports since it opened in 1980. But 34 years later the allure of a new dome on a 14-acre site has some politicians clamming up and other saying the combination of public and private financing could prove a benefit to the city and the university.

“Discussions about all of our facilities are always ongoing, and this is simply a reflection of that as we have been and will continue to discuss the future of the Dome, whatever that may be,” Syracuse spokesperson Joseph Giansante tells SI.com. “The Dome is 30 years old and is still an iconic building in all of college sports.”

The proposed location puts the potential new venue just a mile north of the Carrier Dome, a simple jaunt up Irving Avenue and still incredibly close to campus.

While Syracuse University officials haven’t made it a secret they want upgrades to the Carrier Dome, an entirely new venue certainly provides an option. Syracuse residents may soon have to figure out if a new stadium is something really worth saving the Carrier Dome from.

Tim Newcomb covers stadiums, design and tech for Sports Illustrated. Follow him on Twitter at @tdnewcomb

8 comments
Sportsredo
Sportsredo

28 wins over 5 seasons gets you a real nice, domed stadium.  I guess Syracuse has all of that BCS money to spend or else they may have to return it.  Wait, the Duke point guard was the QB one year and they didn't go to the Fiesta Bowl that year!!       

JohnG
JohnG

I believe I read that SU also recently started building an indoor practice facility at Coyne field near South Campus?  Apparently Manly field-house was not good enough either?


I graduated from SU 14 years ago and the cost has doubled in that time.  I don't think its worth it, but as long as those that attend know they are paying extra for a four year pep rally I guess it's fine.

Willmac7496
Willmac7496

But the Carrier dome's so beautiful... 

muser
muser

...as long as there's a Cupcake Delivery slot somewhere for Jimmy B to fill the schedule with....

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

Because nothing says "amateur athletics" and "student-athlete" like a billion-dollar stadium with season tickets costing thousands.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@muserName one high end college basketball team that does not schedule some easy marks.

EasyGoer
EasyGoer

@muser Four Final Fours, Three championship games, one championship and over 20 berths in the NCAA tournament. Nothing 'cupcake' about any of that.