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Syracuse Orange only program in ACC with no fans or cutouts in stands this season

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Those silver “Stadium” benches stand out even more.

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NCAA Football: Georgia Tech at Syracuse Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include information from FanCutOuts on minimum orders through their service.

If you’ve watched a sporting event in 2020/21 since March, there’s a good chance you’ve seen a stadium shot that features no fans, but a row of stationary fans, dogs, and mascots. Fan cutouts have becomes the hot trend of pandemic sports as a way to get “faces” in the crowd.

The Syracuse Orange have not offered any cutout action for fans this football or basketball season, and they’re not alone in that decision. However, they are the only ACC school to not have any kind of “fans” in the stands this year, although that may be changing once students return to campus.

If this plan does not materialize, SU will be the only program in the ACC to not have cardboard or in person fans at games at all this academic year.

Schools With Football Fans in Stands

Schools with Football Cardboard Cutouts (Entry Price)

Schools With Basketball Fans in Stands

  • Clemson
  • Notre Dame
  • Miami

Schools With Basketball Cardboard Cutouts (Entry Price)

Additionally, most cutout packages listed above are entry level prices; there are more premium options for group packages, coach signatures on cutouts or other memorabilia, and premium seating locations.

This feels like a missed opportunity for Syracuse. With every other ACC school participating in some fashion you can generate a little revenue while keeping fans engaged with the program in a fun way. And it’s not like the question hasn’t been raised. Back in November, broadcaster Matt Park seemed to imply that there were efforts being made to make it happen behind the scenes.

Assuming there are no cutouts in the stands by next homestand, it’s not likely to happen with so few remaining Dome games. Could it be because SU didn’t see that there was enough interest from season ticket holders? (I was never asked as a football STH, but I can’t speak for men’s or women’s basketball.) FanCutouts — the service providing these for many professional and collegiate programs — says that they do not require a minimum number for their orders. Additionally, there are other services that provide the same product on an individual basis out there with standard turnaround times.

Is this something you would have participated in? Let us know in the comments.