Carrier Dome

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The Dome
"The Loud House"
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The Dome during a Syracuse basketball game in 2013
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The Dome
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The Dome
Location within the United States
Address900 Irving Avenue
Location Syracuse, New York
Coordinates 43°2′10″N76°8′11″W / 43.03611°N 76.13639°W / 43.03611; -76.13639 Coordinates: 43°2′10″N76°8′11″W / 43.03611°N 76.13639°W / 43.03611; -76.13639
Owner Syracuse University
Capacity Football: 49,262 [1] (2003–present)
49,550 (1998–2002)
50,000 (1980–1997)
Basketball: 35,642
Concerts: 56,250
Record attendance(Football), 50,564 (September 20, 1980)
(Basketball), 35,642 (February 23, 2019)
Surface AstroTurf (1980–2004)
FieldTurf (2005–present)
Construction
Broke groundNovember 11, 1978 [2]
OpenedSeptember 20, 1980
Construction cost $25.63 million
Architect Finch-Heery
Hueber Hares Glavin [3]
Structural engineer Geiger Associates [4]
General contractor Huber, Hunt & Nichols [3]
Tenants
Syracuse Orange (NCAA) (1980–present)

The Carrier Dome is a 49,250-seat [5] domed sports stadium located on the campus of Syracuse University in the University Hill neighborhood of Syracuse, New York. It is home to the Syracuse Orange football, basketball, and lacrosse teams. The Syracuse Orange men's basketball team drew the highest average home attendance in college basketball in 2015-16, with an average of 26,253. In 2006–07, the women's basketball team began playing home games in the Dome. New York high school football state championships as well as the annual New York State Field Band Conference championships are held in the stadium, as are occasional concerts.

Stadium Place or venue for (mostly) outdoor sports, concerts, or other events

A stadium is a place or venue for (mostly) outdoor sports, concerts, or other events and consists of a field or stage either partly or completely surrounded by a tiered structure designed to allow spectators to stand or sit and view the event.

Syracuse University University located in Syracuse, New York, United States

Syracuse University is a private research university in Syracuse, New York. The institution's roots can be traced to the Genesee Wesleyan Seminary, founded in 1831 by the Methodist Episcopal Church in Lima, New York. After several years of debate over relocating the college to Syracuse, the university was established in 1870, independent of the college. Since 1920, the university has identified itself as nonsectarian, although it maintains a relationship with The United Methodist Church.

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University Hill is a neighborhood and business district in Syracuse, New York, located east and southeast of Downtown Syracuse, on one of the larger hills in Syracuse. The neighborhood is bounded on the west by Almond Street and Interstate 81. It continues east to Ostrom Avenue and Thornden Park, where it borders the Westcott and University neighborhoods. Interstate 690 currently serves as the neighborhood's northern boundary.

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The Dome is the largest domed stadium of any college campus, and the largest domed stadium in the Northeastern United States. It is also the largest on-campus basketball arena in the nation, with a listed capacity of 33,000. However, that number has been exceeded on many occasions with a record attendance of 35,642. [6] [7]

Northeastern United States region of the United States

The Northeastern United States, also referred to as simply the Northeast, is a geographical region of the United States bordered to the north by Canada, to the east by the Atlantic Ocean, to the south by the Southern United States, and to the west by the Midwestern United States. The Northeast is one of the four regions defined by the United States Census Bureau for the collection and analysis of statistics.

History

Toward the end of the 1970s, Syracuse University was under pressure to improve its football facilities in order to remain a Division I-A football school. Its small concrete stadium, Archbold Stadium, was 70 years old and not up to the standards of other schools. The stadium could not be expanded; earlier in the decade it had been reduced from 40,000 seats to 26,000 due to fire codes. Therefore, Syracuse University decided to build a new stadium on the site of Archbold, which, appropriately for Syracuse's often cold weather, was to have a domed Teflon-coated, fiberglass inflatable roof. While the Dome was being built during the 1979 season, Syracuse played "home" games at three different locations—Giants Stadium, home of the NFL's New York Giants; Rich Stadium (now known as New Era Field), home of the NFL's Buffalo Bills; and Schoellkopf Field, home of the Cornell Big Red. [8] When it opened in September 1980, it was made clear just how loud it was inside; that night the Dome's famous nickname, "the Loud House", was coined. [9] The inflatable roof causes the sound produced to echo many times, multiplying the loudness produced inside. It would also serve as the home for the men's basketball team, as a replacement for Manley Field House.

American football Team field sport

American football, referred to as football in the United States and Canada and also known as gridiron, is a team sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field with goalposts at each end. The offense, the team with possession of the oval-shaped football, attempts to advance down the field by running with the ball or passing it, while the defense, the team without possession of the ball, aims to stop the offense's advance and to take control of the ball for themselves. The offense must advance at least ten yards in four downs or plays; if they fail, they turn over the football to the defense, but if they succeed, they are given a new set of four downs to continue the drive. Points are scored primarily by advancing the ball into the opposing team's end zone for a touchdown or kicking the ball through the opponent's goalposts for a field goal. The team with the most points at the end of a game wins.

The NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), formerly known as Division I-A, is the top level of college football in the United States. The FBS is the most competitive subdivision of NCAA Division I, which itself consists of the largest and most competitive schools in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). As of 2018, there are 10 conferences and 130 schools in FBS.

Archbold Stadium former football stadium at Syracuse University

Archbold Stadium was a multi-purpose stadium in Syracuse, New York. It opened in 1907 and was home to the Syracuse University Orangemen football team prior to the Carrier Dome opening in 1980. At the time of its construction, it was one of only three concrete stadiums in the world.

Attendance records

Syracuse University's men's basketball per-game and single-season attendance numbers are annual contenders for the top rank in the nation. Lacrosse crowds are not as large, but the venue allows Syracuse's lacrosse teams to play home games throughout the February–May regular season.

Syracuse Orange mens basketball mens basketball team of Syracuse University

The Syracuse Orange men's basketball program, known traditionally as the "Syracuse Orangemen", is an intercollegiate men's basketball team representing Syracuse University. The program is classified in the Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and the team competes in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).

The Dome has seen many of NCAA basketball's largest crowds. On February 1, 2014, the attendance record for an NCAA men's basketball on-campus game was broken by a few hundred spectators in the Duke vs. Syracuse ACC matchup. Attendance was announced as 35,446, as Syracuse went on to win 91-89, in dramatic fashion in overtime. This win marked the 21st straight win of the season for the Orange, breaking a school record for the longest unbeaten streak to start a season. The previous attendance record was set February 23, 2013 (35,012), the final game vs. long-standing Big East Conference rivals Georgetown Hoyas, as a member of the Big East. The Orange were defeated 57-46, ending the Orange's home win-streak at 38 games. [10] Prior to the Georgetown Hoyas attendance record, Syracuse University held the previous attendance record also. On February 27, 2010, an announced attendance of 34,616 came to see the Orange beat the Villanova Wildcats 95-77. [11] University officials briefly considered moving the basketball court to the middle of the football field for the 2014 regular season game with Duke- a move that could have pushed the attendance over 50,000. It was decided, to appease season ticket holders, that the court would stay in its usual location. [12] However, the university did reconfigure the Dome to hold a new record capacity of 35,446. [13]

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2013–14 NCAA Division I mens basketball season

The 2013–14 NCAA Division I men's basketball season began in November with the 2K Sports Classic and ended with the Final Four in Arlington, Texas April 5–7. It was tipped off by the 2013 Champions Classic on November 12, 2013.

2013–14 Duke Blue Devils mens basketball team

The 2013–14 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team represented Duke University during the 2013–14 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. They were led by thirty-fourth year and Hall of Fame head coach Mike Krzyzewski. They played its home games at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. They finished the season 26–9, 13–5 in ACC play to finish in a tie for third place. They advanced to the championship game of the ACC Tournament where they lost to Virginia. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament where they lost in the second round to Mercer.

For the 2018–19 season, Syracuse modified the Dome's basketball configuration to allow a maximum crowd of 35,642, and on February 23, 2019, the Orange drew that exact number for the visit of then top-ranked Duke, setting a new single-game record for on-campus college basketball attendance. [14] This number ultimately surpassed the entire regular-season home attendance of 180 different NCAA Division I men's teams in that same season—more than half of the 353 teams that played in Division I. [15]

The 2018–19 Syracuse Orange men's basketball team represented Syracuse University during the 2018–19 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Orange, led by 43rd-year head coach Jim Boeheim, played their home games at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York as sixth-year members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Syracuse received a bid to the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament as the number eight seed in the West region, where they lost in the round of 64 to ninth seeded Baylor.

2018–19 Duke Blue Devils mens basketball team

The 2018–19 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team represents Duke University during the 2018–19 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. They are coached by 39th-year head coach, Mike Krzyzewski. The Blue Devils played their home games at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Led by tournament MVP Zion Williamson, they won Duke's 21st ACC tournament title. They received the ACC's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and reached the Elite Eight, where they lost 68–67 to Michigan State.

On March 19, 2007, a new NIT attendance record was set, at 26,752, in the second-round men's basketball game against the San Diego State University Aztecs. [16]

On November 22, 2014, the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League set a new "United States Indoor Professional Hockey" record by playing in front of 30,715 fans at the Carrier Dome for the "Toyota Frozen Dome Classic". Syracuse defeated the Utica Comets 2-1. The (SUNY) Oswego State Lakers also hosted a game against the Utica Pioneers, establishing an NCAA record attendance volume for a Division III hockey game. Oswego tied Utica with a final score of 4-4.

Tournaments

The 1981 Big East Conference men's basketball tournament was held there, as were the 1988 and 1991 Division I NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships. The Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament East Regional semi-finals & finals have been held at the Dome seven times (1983, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2010, and 2015). The NCAA Men's Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships were held there in 1984 and 1985.

Performing artists

Artists who have performed at the stadium include Paul McCartney, Prince, Bon Jovi, David Bowie, Van Halen, Elton John, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Garth Brooks, Rod Stewart, U2, Genesis, The Rolling Stones, The Police, Frank Sinatra, The Who, Neil Diamond, Kid Cudi, Grateful Dead, Duran Duran, Kenny Chesney, Ludacris, Rick Ross, Meek Mill, Taylor Swift, Pink Floyd, Zac Brown Band, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Kesha, Kaskade, Trey Songz, Drake, and Travis Scott among others.

Other events

Each October, the Dome hosts the New York State Field Band Conference marching band championships. It also hosts the New York State High School Football Championships each November. A Billy Graham crusade took place at the Carrier Dome in 1989. WWE have held numerous wrestling events at the Dome going back to their WWF days. Monster Jam played a sold out show to nearly 40,000 fans on March 10, 2012. On October 14, 2014, Carrier Dome held an NBA preseason game between the New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers. Coincidentally, the 76ers were originally located in Syracuse as the Syracuse Nationals.

On November 22, 2014, the Syracuse Crunch and Utica Comets hosted an American Hockey League game inside the Carrier Dome as part of the Toyota Frozen Dome Classic, which served as the 2014–15 edition of the AHL Outdoor Classic. This event was part of a day-long hockey event that also included the Utica College Pioneers and Oswego State Lakers, both based in NCAA Division III. Also, the cities of Syracuse and Utica participated in a law enforcement charity game. [17] The Crunch-Comets game had an attendance of 30,715, a US indoor professional record, the UC-Oswego game drew 7,074 fans, a new NCAA Division III record.

On August 23, 1981, the Carrier Dome hosted an NFL exhibition game between the New Orleans Saints and the Philadelphia Eagles.

The New York Mets conducted a pre-season practice at the Carrier Dome on March 26, 2019. It was the first baseball event staged at the Carrier Dome. [18]

Accidents

The Dome has also been the site of a tragic accident. In June 1999, worker Bryan Bowman was killed when he fell through the Dome roof to the bleachers 60 feet (ca. 18 m) below. He had been working with a crew from Birdair Incorporated, to replace the roof. The next month an electrician fell down a 50-foot shaft while installing cables for a new speaker system. He survived with injuries to his leg, arm, back and ribs.

Description

Construction and financing

The Carrier Dome was constructed between April 1979 and September 1980. The total construction cost was $26.85 million, including a $2.75 million naming gift from the Carrier Corporation. [19] Huber, Hunt and Nichols, Inc. was the general contractor.

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Football inside the Carrier Dome

It was speculated at the time that political considerations helped this project advance. The State of New York provided a $15 million grant in 1978 for the Dome's construction. Democratic incumbent Governor Hugh Carey was thought to have trouble in his re-election campaign with upstate voters. He visited the site of the old Archbold stadium and was convinced by local officials and SU administrators on the utility of a Dome. [20] Carey won re-election to a second term following the approval of state funds, although the extent to which it helped him may never be known.

Heating and cooling

Despite carrying the name Carrier (an HVAC manufacturer), there is currently no air conditioning in the Dome. The need for it is presumed low, as the facility is primarily used during the academic year (AugustMay), during most of which the outside temperatures rarely go far above room temperature, although it can get very hot in August and September. However, the temperatures greatly rise when filled to capacity even in November. Starting in 2022, the Carrier Dome will have air conditioning, befitting its name and ensuring spectators' comfort, after a massive renovation is complete. [21]

Remodeling and updates

The Dome has been upgraded several times throughout the past 25 years. In 2018, the university installed a LED video display system with two video boards (15' x 25') that are located on the east end and northwest corners of the third level, along with 58 color TVs for the back rows of the second and first levels. The inflatable roof was replaced in 1999 at a cost of $14 million; university officials sought to replace the inflatable roof with a cable-supported roof similar to the Georgia Dome but was ruled out due to costs and the time-frame needed for construction. [22]

FieldTurf was installed at the beginning of the 2005 football season, replacing the outdated AstroTurf. Additionally, the Dome also received orange paint and banners between its decks, and its corridors were lined with historic photographs.

In May 2018, the university announced a major renovation to the Dome as the central portion of a larger campus update. The renovation, estimated to cost $118 million, is expected to be completed in 2022. The most significant changes will be the replacement of the current air-supported roof with a fixed roof, two-thirds of which will be translucent, and the installation of air conditioning. The new roof is expected to be ready in 2020, with air conditioning in 2022. The upgrade will also include a new scoreboard (that will be center hung over the football field and can be moved to be over the basketball court), new lighting and sound systems, Wi-Fi improvements, accessibility upgrades, improved restrooms, and new concession spaces. The new roof will no longer require snow removal during winter, and is expected to have a much lower risk of failure than the current roof. Additionally, the new roof will make the Dome a more viable venue for major concerts; currently, the need for air locks makes it difficult to move equipment in and out. [23]

Transportation

The Dome is served by CENTRO buses. Shuttle buses transport fans to and from remote parking lots.

Dedications

In the 2009 football season the field turf was dedicated to Ernie Davis, the first African American Heisman Trophy winner. The field now reads "Ernie Davis Legends Field" between the 45 yard lines on the home side. Davis's number 44 was also placed along that yard line. The dedication took place at the Syracuse vs. West Virginia game October 10, 2009. [24]

The basketball court is dedicated to longtime and current Syracuse Men's Basketball Coach Jim Boeheim.

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Events and tenants
Preceded by
Archbold Stadium
Home of
Syracuse Orange football

1980–present
Succeeded by
current
Preceded by
Manley Field House
Home of
Syracuse Orange men's basketball

1980–present
Succeeded by
current
Preceded by
Manley Field House
Home of
Syracuse Orange women's basketball

2006–present
Succeeded by
current
Preceded by
Home of
Syracuse Orange men's lacrosse

1980–present
Succeeded by
current
Preceded by
Rutgers Stadium I
Home of the
NCAA Lacrosse Final Four

1988
Succeeded by
Byrd Stadium