Regardless of your familiarity with Central New York, you’ve probably heard of the Syracuse Orange and their home, the Dome. Its recognizable profile is a key component of the Syracuse skyline. Nicknamed the Loud House, the Dome can be deafening when the crowd – it seats 49,262 – roars for its team and intimidates the opposition.
Our Dome is the largest domed stadium in the Northeast and it celebrates 40 years of operation in 2020. The Dome hosts more than sporting events, though – major recording artists have performed at the Dome including Paul McCartney and Billy Joel and events like Monster Jam take place here. Visiting the Dome is part of the Central New York experience, learn more about it below.
- Construction on the Dome began in April 1979, to replace the crumbling Archbold Stadium, an open-air football stadium that only sat 26,000.
- The Dome opened on September 20, 1980, where SU beat Miami of Ohio 36-24 in front of a crowd of more than 50,000.
- The Dome is made up of 30,000 cubic yards of concrete
- The new roof will be 80 feet higher than the current one
- Each January, the Dome is the home to SU’s celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, the largest event of its kind on a college campus. In addition to honoring King’s memory, the event includes entertainment, dinner and the presentation of the Unsung Heroes Awards, recognizing local community members who have worked for those in need.
- Refugees in our area are essential Dome employees
- Everyone can enjoy the Dome – there are many services for differently abled fans
Updates to the Dome
Over the next three years, the Dome will be undergoing renovations including a roof re-build. Syracuse University has said that it will also install a new lighting, a vertically hung scoreboard, video and sound systems by fall 2020, with air conditioning and improvements in concessions and restrooms by 2022. Read more about the plans here.
Watch the progress on the live stream. SU installed a camera on the top of Lawrinson Hall that shows work being done on the Irving Avenue side of the building. You’ll also get the best view of internet-famous “Walt” the Crane (visit Walt’s fandom at @walt.the.crane on Instagram). Or geek out on the crane’s specs.
And don’t worry, the sound will continue to be trapped inside the building, so Syracuse University Vice President and Chief Facilities Officer Pete Sala doesn’t expect the new roof to change the Dome’s Loud House reputation.
Syracuse’s first game under the new roof is expected to be the football team’s faceoff with Colgate on the weekend of Sept. 18, 2020.
SU added space to its pre-game tailgate on Shaw Quadrangle. The tailgate allows fans to gather on the quad three hours before the game. Fans can purchase food and drink, enjoy live music each week and view other games on four big-screen TVs.
Getting to the Dome at the crack of dawn to start cooking might not be for everyone, but for the founders of the Fine Mess tailgate, it’s just another Saturday. The Daily Orange, the independent student newspaper on campus, looked at the people involved and how syracusefan.com has helped the tailgate group grow exponentially. The group raises funds through ticket sales and raffles that they donate to a handful of charitable organizations.
Dome Dogs and More Good Eats
In fall 2019, the Dome unveiled upgraded concession options and each stand has its own menu and identity so it’s easier for fans to find what they’re hungry for. And don’t worry – many of the stands now have monitors that display both the menu and the broadcast of the game, so fans won’t miss any of the action. Fans are permitted to bring two unopened bottles of water into the Carrier Dome and are encouraged to do so on hot days.
Dome Dogs: We’ve called the classic Hofmann franks this forever, but now it is official. Also available, a larger, quarter-pound beef frank and a dog with a firmer texture and bit more spice than the classic Hofmann German frank.
The Loud House Grill: Munch on burgers, sausages, and the largest braided soft pretzel in the Dome, as well as draft beer, canned beer, wine and canned cocktails. The location outside Gate E will be the only concession stand in the Dome to offer chicken tenders.
The Tomato Wheel: Grab goods like pizza, specialty slices, a stuffed pizza pretzel, Italian sausage sandwiches.
Salt City Popcorn: Top with butter or get in gourmet flavors that will change throughout the season, plus cotton candy and other sweets.
Orange Express: A grab and go station with healthier options such as wraps, salads and yogurt parfaits.
Super Nachos: Try the walking tacos built with your choice of Doritos or Tostitos tortilla chips and nachos served inside a souvenir football bowl.
Perry’s Ice Cream: The stands added warm chocolate chip cookies, which make an ideal pairing with their ice cream.
The Best Seats in the House
When the Dome opened in 1980, an Orange Club Premium Seating Plan was initiated for basketball fans to get as close to the action as they can. For additional fees, season ticket holders can pay for courtside seats, the seats that ring the court or the next few levels above it.
Club 44, located in the west end of the Dome, is an exclusive bar and lounge open to any ticket holder who purchases entry during a single game or an annual membership. Members enjoy pre- and post-game access to the lounge, a high-end menu and the opportunity to mingle with SU head coaches.
Executive Club is a 62-person executive suite in the southwest corner of the Dome. Each ticket includes food and beverages for every game and a season ticket for football, basketball and lacrosse. Single-game tickets are available for select games, including women’s basketball.
Check out this virtual tour of the Dome to find your seat!