Carrier Dome, Syracuse

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Carrier Dome is a 49,250-seat 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. 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.The Carrier Dome is the largest domed stadium of any college campus, and the largest domed stadium in the Northeastern United States. Also, it is the largest on-campus basketball arena in the nation, with a listed capacity of 33,000; however, this limit has been exceeded several times.HistoryToward 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. 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. 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.
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  • May 13, 2017
    A great place to watch big time college basketball. Can be a bit dull when they are playing Sisters of the Poor in early November. But get Georgetown, Duke, UNC or any other big opponent in and the do...  more »
  • March 24, 2017
    Always a good time at the dome. I came here often with family and friends for games and never have an issue. The staff is pretty accommodating, making sure they can point you in the right direction. T...  more »
  • February 27, 2017
    I was there for a women's LAX game and you are so close you feel a part of the game. No binoculars needed here.  more »
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  • June 18, 2017
    Not a place to visit in warm weather. OK for the winter. Seating is cheek to cheek. Best love your neighbor otherwise you are in for a less than desirable experience.
  • February 26, 2017
    Indoor (domed) large multi sport venue. Affordable. Good lighting and views. Seats are a bit stiff , bench seating. Large bathrooms, walkways and entrance and exits. Easy to get to if walking. Leave extra time to park and walk but well worth it.
  • June 13, 2017
    Parking is non-existent. It is always 1 skrillion degrees inside of it. Watching games live is fun, but the venue is a PITA
  • February 3, 2017
    Awesome time at The Dome today. All the staff we encountered were super friendly and helpful. Nice choice for beer, had a couple of Dogfish and Sam Adams and the sausage pepper and onion sandwich was very good. Just another great day at the Dome!
  • February 13, 2017
    One of the coolest parts about the city! Plenty of food and drink vendors. Not TOO overpriced as compared to most sports or concert venues. Seats are mostly bleachers. Catch a Su basketball game! You won't be disappointed!

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