SU has already spelled out what some of those changes include. To refresh your memory from the other day:
- New, fixed roof
- Vertically hung scoreboard
- New sound and lighting systems
- Enhanced Wi-Fi
- ADA accessibility upgrades
- Air conditioning
- Bathroom upgrades
- Concessions upgrades
- Natural lighting
We’ve already applauded the end of troughs. And clearly it’s great that we finally get AC (even if Carrier’s name appears nowhere in this announcement as Syracuse continues to try and get out of that naming rights deal). But what else do fans really want?
After tossing it out to the group (shortly after Sean did so first), the (of course) #jokesandgarbage results:
#NewDomeFeatures Special sensors detect anyone who tries to get their section to start the wave and those individuals are immediately removed by the Brewster Boland Batallion— Kevin Wall (@kwallcuse) May 15, 2018
Dome Nacho Box: For $19.99 you step into the box, the air is turned on, and you have to grab as many Dome nacho discs as you can in 44 seconds. Then, step into the Pool 'O Cheese. #NewDomeFeatures— Sean Keeley (@SeanKeeleyIsMe) May 15, 2018
Labatt Blue Ice Bar: Spend 15 minutes at a time in a Labatt Blue bar made entirely out of ice! It's literally just a hallway that leads outside. #NewDomeFeatures— John Infanti (@Johnny_2Hats) May 15, 2018
I propose Boeheim Bathrooms. After 5 minutes in the stall, hologram Boeheim appears and says “not ten effing minutes” while staring a hole through the offending bathroom user.— Edwin F. Brooks (@orangeskin) May 15, 2018
20,000 orange-clad mannequins to fill upper deck so even September football games against directional schools will appear to be sellouts on TV. #NewDomeFeatures— Captain Middle America (@MeTommyJames) May 15, 2018
The BRAND chamber. Anything you put in it gets painted Platinum. #NewDomeFeatures— Tim Sweeney (@The90ToThe33) May 15, 2018
Sections 101-105 will officially be NO STANDING ZONES.— Captain Middle America (@MeTommyJames) May 15, 2018
Senior citizens who wish to sit - and rarely if ever cheer - can “enjoy” #Cuse games without having to call ushers to break up everyone else’s fun. #NewDomeFeatures
The football team wins there now?— Acuña the best (@Secondfh) May 15, 2018
While I’d applaud just about all of these (especially the last one), there are probably some other, more realistic ones you’d like to see included.
I’d say the updated concessions area should probably pull from local sources as much as possible. You can pull from a boatload of local craft beer to further build out the presence of those breweries in the Dome (or whatever we’re calling it), plus feature food from spots like Dinosaur BBQ, Wegmans and other establishments. Dome Dogs and Dome Nachos and is Burger King still there (?) can stick around. But people are far more interested in pursuing local and interesting eats at stadiums.
More comfortable seats is probably on the list, though SU likely keeps cushions as a paid feature. Cupholders would be nice, too, but admittedly that may also be a pipe dream.
As far as other elements for fan experience, luxury box updates are also likely but don’t necessarily affect the larger fan populace in the Dome. Features like posing with mannequins donning 44, perhaps some Ernie Davis legends VR experience or other links to the school’s tradition and history could create a unique way to connect with younger fans. Once the updated Wi-Fi’s up and running, surely there’s a way to play some sort of seat section-based game for additional rewards, too.
Whether Syracuse is soliciting these or not, though, might as well keep the real (and fake) ideas coming. What else would you want to see out of Dome renovations? Share your own ideas below.