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Syracuse clearly needs wider concourse areas at the Dome

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One way to fix the logjam? More room to walk.

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One takeaway from the Syracuse Orange’s loss to Clemson a couple weeks ago was the fact that it was an amazing and sold out crowd — and as has been now been discussed by Syracuse.com’s Chris Carlson, that group had a hard time getting around in the Carrier Dome before, during and after the game.

Initially, the Dome renovations included a larger structural adjustment to the venue which included building out new and wider concourses to help alleviate the sort of congestion that plagues some of the building’s more attended football and basketball games. Carlson’s piece talks about some ideas after the Clemson game including closing certain concessions for periods and encouraging people to enter through their tickets’ designated gates — the former sounds like a recipe for longer lines at open vendors. But the latter is in line with most stadiums around the country (as long as it’s enforced).

There are other ideas that can be utilized, sure. Having fans entering in separate waves could help. And again, different gate entries would be ideal and it’s reasonable to just enforce that. But the best solution is also the most expensive one: Expand the concourses. If you can’t push the outer walls of the venue out, then perhaps it’s worth trying to cut into the seating area somewhat? If it cuts 1,000 seats, it’s a small price to pay to make for a safer and more convenient experience for attendees.

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