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What we'd like to see from Syracuse Athletics in 2024

We’ve got High Hopes for the Orange

Syracuse Men's Basketball has hosted 84 crowds of over 30,000 - including 16 that broke the NCAA on-campus attendance record. Will there be another in 2024?
Photo by Michael Ostrowski

Happy New Year Syracuse Orange fans! We're glad you're here as we flip the calendar and begin another year of covering your favorite college.

To start things off, the TNIAAM crew put together a list of what we're hoping SU will do in 2024:

Mike: More Postseason Appearances

We’re used to certain SU teams regularly competing deep into the NCAAs - Women’s Lacrosse, Men’s Soccer, Field Hockey, and XCTF all have long stretches of success in recent memory. Now it’s time for some other sports to return to the national spotlight. Both Men’s and Women’s Basketball are thriving under new head coaches and have real shots at the dance in March, and Men’s Lacrosse is due to recapture their historic dominance very soon. It’d also be nice to see one of the underdog sports like Softball take the next step in an always competitive ACC.

Kevin: A plan for facilities upgrades beyond football

Once the new football operations center is complete, Syracuse needs to address the inadequate facilities for track and field and ice hockey. Volleyball’s facilities are lacking, but improvements are being made to at least bring them to a solid high school level. The Orange are one of the few P5 schools without a legitimate indoor track facility. There needs to be space for track and field athletes to train effectively during the long Syracuse winters while ice hockey could benefit from a move to a dedicated arena with more bleachers, concessions, and an ability to create a home atmosphere.

John: A return to national prominence for men’s lacrosse

2022 was the rock bottom (4-10). 2023 was about turning the program around (8-7). In 2024, the hope is that the program will take another big step, this time perhaps back into national relevancy.

In his third year at the helm, Gary Gait has what appears to be his deepest and most talented roster yet. After grabbing a pair of ranked wins last April over Princeton and North Carolina, they’ll look to keep picking up more big wins over their fellow name programs on their way to hopefully returning to the NCAA Tournament. If the face-off situation is able to improve the way we all hope it will, this talented Orange roster may be able to do just that.

Dom: More “sixth players” for women’s basketball home games

I’m referring to Felisha Legette-Jack’s postgame speech to the crowd after the Orange’s upset win over #13 Notre Dame on New Year’s Eve — home court means a lot especially for women’s basketball. Syracuse is 8-0 this year at home and 23-3 in the Dome since Legette-Jack took over. There’s no reason why the #25 Orange should be middle of the pack in attendance in the ACC. Otto’s Army should create a “campout” for students similar to what it does for men’s basketball and football, and SU Athletics needs to find some combination of promotions, discounts and family deals to get the local fanbase to show up. MBB has the highest attendance in the ACC to date at over 19,000 fans per game; an average Syracuse WBB game having just 2,500 is inexcusable.

Christian: The Loud House

Lost in the shuffle of all the recent athletics news is that the Dome is starting its seat “upgrade” this year. Say goodbye to the metal bleachers and hello to permanent seats (and hopefully working wi-fi). While it’ll be interesting to see how the Dome looks and feels without the bleachers, I just want to feel the excitement of the Loud House back this year. In my opinion, it felt like the atmosphere didn’t quite match the Loud House moniker this past year in all sports. In fact, I feel like it’s been very hard to capture a constantly electric Dome in post-Covid times. There’s so much opportunity for all five Dome sports to create atmosphere and new traditions to make the Dome an electric place to play in once again. The Dome is one of the most unique places to hold an athletic event. Time for the fans and athletics to make it special again.


What are you looking for in 2024?