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Syracuse’s renovated Dome will include impressively large scoreboard, per report

Your latest update on what the Carrier Dome will look like in the fall.

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Even though Syracuse Orange sports aren’t happening, the Carrier Dome renovations are still moving along as planned in the offseason. While we didn’t know everything that was occurring this spring/summer beyond the roof replacement, we had a rough idea.

Now, we seem to have at least a few confirmed elements, courtesy of a Chris Carlson report on One of those includes an impressively large scoreboard. How large? It has four sides that are 62 1/2-feet wide and 20-feet high, per SU’s Pete Sala.

Carlson provides some context for just how large that is — bigger than LSU’s “largest in college basketball” scoreboard, but smaller than the New Jersey Devils’ (at least from a height perspective) a the Prudential Center. Needless to say, this thing is going to look especially massive during basketball games this coming year. Looking at this list of the world’s largest video screens, the new Dome scoreboard setup could potentially be in the top 100 (indoor or outdoor).

Of course, it also won’t be a central part of the basketball setup just yet, either. Per Sala’s update, the scoreboard won’t be able to move during 2020-21, so it’s stuck at the middle of the football field. Apparently it hangs over into hoops to some extent — just won’t sit at center court for now, and won’t until the moving feature is potentially added down the road.

Elsewhere, there was no update on where the troughs are going (sorry, #TeamTrough), or if they’re still going to be in place come the 2020 football season. But other elements appear set to stay the same, including the noise in the venue and the lack of air conditioning for now. We’ve known since at least March that AC isn’t on track to be installed until 2021, so assuming the Orange play this year, we’ll get one more sweltering season.

The noise factor comes from both an improved sound system and the roof height pretty much staying the same. It’s tough to tell if the old Teflon-coated fiberglass insulates sound better than the hard roof will. Without being an expert on the matter (and I looked up opinions to help there), I’d assume a hard surface would potentially let more sound ricochet back down to field level. I’m sure someone who knows better than me will be sure to tell me why I’m wrong in the comments.

I’m excited to see the scoreboard in action, personally, and hopefully you are too. Assuming we get a football season, it’ll be a cool element to watching those games this fall... as long as it doesn’t affect Syracuse’s punting prowess. But what do you think?