There is a lot of talk right now about New York State and Syracuse University, among others, partnering to create a new stadium costing approximately $500,000,000. The details are sketchy, and the Syracuse Mayor may be pointlessly interfering with the idea, but these are interesting times on the Hill.
For those who do not know, the Carrier Dome was built for a mere $27,000,000. It is in the design of the Hoosier (RCA) Dome and the Pontiac Silverdome, among other inflatable roof domed stadiums (stadia?). While the Carrier Dome is an iconic sports venue for basketball, breaking its own single-game attendance records nearly every year, it is also a bit long-in-the-tooth for an inflatable roof dome. It is 35 years old, which is longer than most domes have lasted without major renovations. The issue is not IF the Carrier Dome will require major renovations, but when.
At the same time, neither Syracuse, New York State, or the United States for that matter have excess money. Syracuse University may be a private school doing well, but its endowment is not at Ivy League levels. Its sports revenue is increasing due to ACC membership, but that revenue lags behind the other major conferences. So this is not being contemplated because there is plenty of money and nowhere to spend it. This is a major project.
It will be interesting to see what happens with this project. What do you think? Is it time for Syracuse to enter a new era from a stadium standpoint? Share your opinion below…