Syracuse University Should Pass on New Arena; Carrier Dome is Historical College Basketball Venue

By Paul Seaver
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According to a report from the Syracuse Post-Standard, high ranking officials at Syracuse University are considering the idea of a new basketball arena and venue for the team’s future.

The report simply indicates that it’s a thought and it’s being considered, but why would the university want to move away from the Carrier Dome? Head men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim basically believes the same, questioning even where the university would construct the arena.

In all, the thought is probably driven by a basketball-only facility that would separate their basketball programs from the Carrier Dome and its football team. However, there’s really no reason to pursue something like this, especially while Boeheim is at the helm.

The Carrier Dome, ever since its construction in 1980, has become a monumental venue, even more so in basketball sense than a football one at the university. Syracuse is known for having its games in the dome and it allows the university to attract more and more fans because of its seating establishment. The Carrier Dome has even played host to the NCAA Tournament at times.

In addition, Boeheim touched upon the shape that the venue is in, in the report issued by the Syracuse Post-Standard. It’s in pretty good shape and the Orange have built their program up on having one of the more intimidating arenas in college basketball — that’s the advantage that it presents for Syracuse basketball.

The thought is only that for the time being and it remains to be seen if it’s one that the university will pursue. In all however, would Syracuse fans really want to say goodbye to the Dome that they’ve called home for over three decades? Probably not.


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