Stadium: Carrier Dome (Syracuse, NY)
Capacity: 49,000 (Football); 35,000 (Basketball)
Although the Syracuse Orange are one of the newer members of the ACC, (joined in 2013) their school’s arena holds much history between multiple sports. The Carrier Dome on the campus of Syracuse University has hosted Orange Football and Basketball since it opened in 1980.
What is the Carrier Dome known for?
The Loud House:
As is the case with most domed or indoor stadiums, the enclosed Carrier Dome offers a great home advantage for Syracuse Football and Basketball. The roof has been known to echo the noise created inside. This effect was noticed so much, that the stadium earned the nickname “The Loud House” on opening night in September 1980. In this game, the Orangemen defeated the Miami Ohio Redhawks 36-24.
Bring it in:
Because of the size of the Carrier Dome and its use for football and basketball, the stadium floor undergoes a swift transition from sport to sport. For basketball games, bleachers normally behind the goalpost are brought roughly 50 yards inward. These are set up along the sideline for basketball and offer an up-close view of the game. As you can see from the picture, not all seats of the Dome are used for basketball, and capacity is roughly 15,000 less than football.
2002-03 Syracuse Orangemen Basketball Team
I know these are usually football players, but you can’t talk about Syracuse without talking about their 2002-03 Basketball Team. Coached by Jim Boeheim and led by a freshman Carmelo Anthony, Syracuse would go 30-3 in the regular season and later defeat Kansas in the National Championship. During this season, the team went undefeated at home in the Carrier Dome, with several thrilling upset wins over Pittsburgh and Notre Dame.
Donovan McNabb, Quarterback (1995-1998)
Before McNabb would spend a decade and a half in the NFL, he turned his QB skills at Syracuse. During his time at the helm of the offense, Syracuse won the Big East Football title three years in a row (1996, 1997, 1998), and went 2-1 in these resulting bowl games. While at ‘Cuse, McNabb also played on the basketball team for his first two years. Even though Syracuse didn’t win a national title in these years, the program produced many talented NFL players like McNabb and…
Dwight Freeney, Defensive Line (1998-2001)
On the opposite side of the ball, perhaps the best defensive player to emerge from Syracuse is Dwight Freeney. He set a single-season school record for sacks in 2001 with 17.5 and is still second place in career sacks all-time. Primarily playing with the Indianapolis Colts, Freeney’s NFL career lasted from 2002-2017. He won a Super Bowl with the Colts in 2007.
Did You Know?
During the season in which the Carrier Dome was being built, the Syracuse Football Team had three home stadiums throughout the course of the season. These included Giants Stadium in New Jersey, New Era Field (Buffalo Bills Stadium), and Cornell University’s football stadium.
Why Should You Commit Here?
The Carrier Dome has hosted some of the best athletes and games in Syracuse University sports history. Between football and basketball, many future pro athletes and champions got their starts at Syracuse. You would also get to play in the largest domed stadium on any American college campus, maybe in two sports like Donovan McNabb! Also, the stadium is also getting a renovation of the roof in the coming years.