The Syracuse Orange are set to get another wave of upgrades to their longtime home – but one won’t be completed as soon as originally thought. The new seats that will replace the silver tiers of the Carrier Dome will not arrive this summer. The University is still determining how best to replace the seats, but stadium capacity will decrease by some amount at this stage of the renovations.
The Dome currently holds over 49,000 spectators, with the football attendance record being over 50,000 in the inaugural game in 1980. While the football team has struggled to fill the stadium in recent years, basketball Men’s ball still draws one of the largest average crowds in the nation, including an annual showing of over 30,000 against Duke. So there’s a balance to be struck here – make football matches feel a little more complete while not hampering your biggest money-maker’s ability to get people to see the pitch.
I’m no expert, but I think the seating cut won’t be as extreme as other recent projects like the University of North Carolina football field, which reduced capacity by nearly 20% during the conversion of the bleachers into seats in 2018.
The soon to be renamed Dome will add yet more renovations over the summer, including a new Wi-Fi system and likely new signage for future naming rights holder JMA Wireless.