Syracuse University, about to make $20 million a year from joining the ACC, is pondering the replacement of the iconic Carrier Dome. The Dome was built in 1980 and is a signature of the college and the city skyline.
“I think Central New York deserves an unbelievable place,” said Gross, SU’s athletic director. “You’ve got all these great new stadiums in New York City and then you start coming upstate and the next biggest thing you run into is the Dome…”
(Baksetball coach Jim) Boeheim prefers to extend the shelf life of a stadium that has helped facilitate unprecedented growth for his program. He believes the Dome, with its quirky visuals, its capacity to accommodate vast basketball crowds and its strong Syracuse association, still serves the university’s athletic interests.
“You build a new basketball arena, then you’ve got a basketball arena, just like everybody else has,” Boeheim said.
Joe Giansante, SU’s new Senior Associate Athletics Director for Communication & External Affairs, endorses the adage that “if you’re not building facilities, you’re falling behind.”
Syracuse is about to start construction on a $17 million football practice facility and it has the new, $19 million Melo Center.
No one has mentioned the price tag of replacing the Dome, which would easily reach into the tens of millions of dollars. No one has mentioned exactly why this should be done, other than Syracuse suddenly has money to spend.
Links of the Day:
– Midtown Tower is the most important piece of redeveloping the site. But I’m rather horrified at plans for a corner surface parking lot. That’s the type of stuff that destroyed our downtown in the first place.
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– Refused permission to tear down historic buildings, a Syracuse owner let them rot. Now they have to torn down anyway.
– New York is having problems with the contractor charged with sending out refunds to paper tax filers. The filers are entitled to interest.
– Multi-billion dollar companies are paying low-wage workers with debit cars that carry huge fees.
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