Many of you will be heading to the Syracuse Orange football home opener this Saturday against the Wagner Seahawks. And when you get to the Carrier Dome, you’ll probably notice some new stuff... and old stuff, too.
On Wednesday, Syracuse announced a bunch of game day features that in part were fueled by fan feedback (perhaps you were polled — and if you were, let us know). Here’s the list, with some commentary, as is typical around here.
Slyft to the game: Pick-up/drop-off areas now at University Place, and the Crouse-Hinds/Crouse College area. Not sure if this necessarily diminishes traffic (it may actually increase it), but at least there are clear places to get picked up now.
North Campus shuttle: Students, do you live near Walnut Park, Comstock Avenue or Ostrom Avenue and are too lazy to walk to the game? People driving to the game and parking off Euclid: Same question? Here you go.
Three hours of ‘Cuse on the Quad: It’s lit.
Quad food: Similarly lit, concession edition.
Live music and DJ: Rony Seikaly or GTFO.
Televisions featuring ESPN College Gameday: Since we typically have a lot of nooners, you’ll miss Corso’s mascot pick. But the TVs switch to current games afterward in case of later starts, so enjoy your lackluster Big Ten battle between Minnesota and Rutgers.
Pride of the Orange on Hendricks Chapel stairs: This isn’t new, just pointing out it’s still here.
Syracuse IMG Radio Network pre-game show: Perhaps you’ll see notable faces like Julian Whigham around?
Clear bags and metal detectors: No more Natty Ice stashed in your shorts. Sorry, gang.
Mobile ticket entry: Highly rec’d.
Syracuse student entrance moved from Gate E to Gate F: Certainly you have some thoughts...
Syracuse student limited guest ticketing: Just don’t let that one asshole kid from Connecticut invite his/her pals up while wearing Huskies gear just because they “grew up there.”
Syracuse Saturday in-venue show: Tenesha Murphy (Newschannel 9 Bridge Street), James Mungro (former Orange running back) and Lisa Chelenza (TK99 morning show) talk Syracuse football in-stadium. Whatever the format of this program is, I fully expect TNIAAM commenters to find some way to make our mark on it.
Deep discounts for pregame concessions: Still finding ways to complain about dirt-cheap seats? How about dirt-cheap concessions? Between two hours and 30 minutes before kickoff, you can get 50 percent off food and drink. Everything was already inexpensive. Now it’s even more so. Win, you.
Late-game SUpercard discounts: For SU and ESF students, you’re getting discounts of an uncertain amount from 10 minutes left in the third quarter through the end of the game — but no booze, and only on SUpercard. Something tells me this is an easy way to just avoid wasting as much food during games. Either way, your mildly warm Dome Dog will probably be just as good for $2.78 with five minutes to go in a 60-55 game that’s been going for five hours.
Some good above, obviously. And just because we make light of some of it doesn’t mean it fails in its goals. It’s a nice start for Syracuse to make the fan experience more interesting, reach out to students and get the Quad’s part in all of it a bit more improved. Does it fix everything? No. But this is hopefully part one of developing a more rewarding game day experience for everyone. (and if not... we’ll have additional thoughts)