Syracuse/Clemson football game’s sellout crowd ranks as Carrier Dome’s third-largest
The Syracuse/Clemson game’s sellout crowd of 50,248 fans ranked No. 3 on the list of the biggest home football crowds in Carrier Dome history.
Since the Dome’s opening in 1980, the game was the ninth football sellout. It was also the first since 1998, when the S.U. hosted Tennessee during Donovan McNabb’s senior season. The two largest home crowds for Syracuse were in 1980 when Syracuse drew 50,564 to the Dome’s opening against Miami (Ohio) and 50,250 that same year against Navy.
The Syracuse/Clemson match has been billed as one of the school’s biggest games in decades. The game pitted against each other the two best teams in the ACC last season and included a pair of teams that came into this season with preseason rankings. In 2018, Clemson won the national title and Syracuse won more games than it had in any year since 2001.
The last regular-season loss for the Tigers was at the Carrier Dome in 2017, and the game between the teams was close last season. The game is also Syracuse’s home opener and Homecoming Game, both of which often boost attendance.