SYRACUSE – The Syracuse stadium experience is about to change forever, at the cost of $118 million.
The big bubble synonymous with the city’s skyline will soon be gone. In its place will be a fixed roof with all the bells and whistles of a state-of-the-art facility.
By some point in 2020, the roof of the Carrier Dome will be ready with a vertically hung scoreboard that officials call “huge.” The roof will be better equipped for our climate and will have a modern look, allowing for more natural light. By 2022 it will also include air conditioning.
The new upgrades will also include state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems, improved accessibility and added Wi-Fi capabilities, among other features.
SU officials say that no football, basketball or lacrosse games will be displaced by the construction. They say that the plan was just approved over the weekend by the Board of Trustees, so there are still some details to iron out.
The words “Carrier Dome” were intentionally left out of the news release, and officials say it has nothing to do with its relationship with Carrier, but a fixed roof, by definition, is no longer a dome.
SU officials are also exploring ways to connect the stadium to Archbold Gymnasium by way of an enclosed pedestrian thruway, which would be phase two of the enhancements.