Syracuse Crunch Overview

Fast facts

League: American Hockey League

Head Coach: Joel Bouchard

Team Mascot: Crunchman

Year Opened: 1951

Capacity: 5800

City / State: Syracuse / New York

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

Syracuse Crunch vs Utica Comets

Rival Team: Utica Comets

Make sure to be in attendance when the Crunch take on nearby rivals Utica. The Crunch and Comets have had a fierce rivalry since the Comets’ move to Utica in 2013, and it’s only starting to heat up. Don’t miss it when the Comets come to Syracuse as Crunch-Comets games are must-see events for any die-hard hockey fan.

Syracuse Crunch vs Rochester Americans

Rival Team: Rochester Americans

There are always a lot of bragging rights on the line when the Crunch take on North Division rivals Rochester. The games between the Crunch and Americans are always some of the best contests of the season, so get your tickets when the Americans come to town.

Syracuse Crunch vs Binghamton Devils

Rival Team: Binghamton Devils

You won’t want to miss it when the Crunch face off with in-state rivals Binghamton. Crunch and Devils fans can’t stand each other, and as a result, there are always a lot of bragging rights up for grabs when these two North Division rivals meet. Only about an hour separates these two teams, so you’ll find lots of fans of both teams in the stands at these clashes creating a fun and intense atmosphere.

Syracuse Crunch Stadium Guide

In Game

The 1977 hit film Slap Shot was filmed at War Memorial Arena, and the minute you step into the arena, you’ll feel an old school hockey vibe that you won’t find at too many other venues. War Memorial Arena opened in 1951, and while you won’t find the same bells and whistles, newer venues offer you will find incredible sightlines all throughout the facility. No matter where you’re sitting, you’ll have a fantastic view of the action making a Syracuse Crunch game a great experience for any hockey fan.

Speaking of fans, the fans at Crunch games are some of the best around. The fans here are among the most die-hard in the AHL and just about everyone you talk to lives and dies with this team. All throughout the game, you’ll hear the crowd cheering during big moments, so join in and show your support for the Crunch.

Additionally, take some time to explore the arena before the game. Around the concourse, you’ll find several tributes to the Nationals and the history of the NBA to check out. The tribute to the 1955 NBA Champion Syracuse Nationals is a must-see for any local sports fans, and if you’re a big basketball fan, you’ll love the plaque telling the story of the invention of the NBA’s 24-second shot clock.

Hockey fans will love the old school feel of the War Memorial Arena and the die-hard fans who fill it, so start planning your trip to Syracuse today.

Things to check out

1955 Syracuse Nationals Tribute

Make sure to check out the tribute to the 1955 Syracuse Nationals on the main concourse. The display celebrates the only team from Syracuse to win a major league championship, so take some time to see it during your visit to the War Memorial Arena.

Shot Clock Plaque

Celebrate the invention of the 24-second shot clock by taking a minute to see the plaque dedicated to it at the War Memorial Arena. The plaque tells the story of the creation of the 24-second shot clock in the NBA and is a can’t-miss for hoops fans.


Hanging above the ice are banners honoring the accomplishments of the Syracuse Crunch and the War Memorial Arena’s past tenants. You’ll even find a banner recognizing the 1954-55 NBA Champion Syracuse Nationals, so make sure to check them out.

In Memory of Our Service Veterans Sign

Take a moment to remember our veterans when attending a Syracuse Crunch game. The facility the Crunch play in is dedicated to them, and you’ll find a sign in their memory above the stage seating area at the War Memorial Arena.


The Crunch mascot Crunchman is a fun part of every Crunch game. Young fans especially love Crunchman and his antics, so keep an eye out for him at the game.

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Hanson Brothers

The 1977 film Slap Shot was filmed at the War Memorial Arena, and as a result, it should come as little surprise that some of the fans have taken to dressing up like the famed Hanson Brothers for games. Be on alert for Crunch fans Frank, Ray, and Brenda Szymanoski, who attend every game dress as the Hanson Brothers.

Crunch Crew

The Crunch Crew are an integral part of every Crunch game as they lead promotions and welcome you to the arena. Don’t miss the Crunch Crew if you want to win some cool prizes or take place in fun promotions.

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Fight Songs

  1. Goal Horn and Goal Song

    “I Lived” by OneRepublic

    Hope when you take that jump, you don’t fear the fall
    Hope when the water rises, you built a wall
    Hope when the crowd screams out, they’re screaming your name
    Hope if everybody runs, you choose to stay

    Hope that you fall in love, and it hurts so bad
    The only way you can know is give it all you have
    And I hope that you don’t suffer but take the pain
    Hope when the moment comes, you’ll say…

    I, I did it all
    I, I did it all
    I owned every second that this world could give
    I saw so many places, the things that I did
    With every broken bone, I swear I lived

    Hope that you spend your days, but they all add up
    And when that sun goes down, hope you raise your cup
    Oh, I wish that I could witness all your joy and all your pain
    But until my moment comes, I’ll say…

    I, I did it all
    I, I did it all
    I owned every second that this world could give
    I saw so many places, the things that I did
    With every broken bone, I swear I lived

    Oh [4x]

    With every broken bone, I swear I lived.
    With every broken bone, I swear I…

    I, I did it all
    I, I did it all
    I owned every second that this world could give
    I saw so many places, the things that I did
    With every broken bone, I swear I lived.

    Oh [4x]

    I swear I lived. Ohhh [2x]

Syracuse Crunch Bars & Restaurants

  1. Mulrooney’s


    Enduring neighborhood sports bar with an Irish motif, a collegial atmosphere & an outdoor courtyard.

    239 W Fayette St, Syracuse, NY 13202, USA


    Bar website

    sportsbar - $$

  2. Faegans Pub

    Feegans Cafe and Pub

    Faegan’s pub food is prepared with fresh ingredients are sourced locally & regionally to support our CNY economy and offer the finest quality for a reasonable price.

    734 S Crouse Ave, Syracuse, NY 13210, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  3. Otro Cinco

    Otro Cinco

    Serves Spanish and Mexican food with love, mix up specialty cocktails made with their house-infused spirits, and organize regular events to create a lively friendly atmosphere.

    206 S Warren St, Syracuse, NY 13202, USA


    Bar website

    european - mexican - $$

  4. Pastabilities


    From their housemade pastas, to their sauces, salads and famous Italian stretch bread, they make it all from scratch, and put their heart and soul into every menu item.

    311 S Franklin St, Syracuse, NY 13202, USA


    Bar website

    european - $$

  5. Brooklyn Pickle

    Brooklyn Pickle

    Authentic, GIANT deli sandwiches. Huge subs. Homemade soups. Our signature pickles and more.

    1600 W Genesee St, Syracuse, NY 13204, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  6. Mother’s Cupboard Fish Fry & Diner

    Gus Bar & Grill Sandwich Fries Pioneer Diner Sandwich Paul Reveres Family Restaurant Sandwich Wild Magnolia Sandwich

    Massive breakfasts, including a jumbo frittata, plus fried fish in a tiny roadside shack.

    3709 James St, Syracuse, NY 13206, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  7. Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

    Dinosaur BBQ

    Barbecue chain serving Southern-style meats & draft brews in a retro setting (most have live music).

    246 W Willow St, Syracuse, NY 13202, USA


    Bar website

    american - bbq - $$

  8. Varsity


    Casual Italian eatery providing pies, sandwiches, chicken wings & drinks, with outdoor seating.

    802 S Crouse Ave, Syracuse, NY 13210, USA


    Bar website

    italian - pizza - $$

  9. Bistro Elephant Steakhouse

    Bistro Elephant

    A fine dining steakhouse in Armory Square featuring Dry-Aged Certified Angus Beef, Kobe Beef, Berkshire Pork, and a variety of daily fresh seafood

    238 W Jefferson St, Syracuse, NY 13202, USA


    Bar website

    steakhouse - $$$

  10. Blue Tusk

    Blue Tusk

    Beer-lovers hangout with a lengthy brew list, basic pub grub & charcuterie in a convivial setting.

    165 Walton St, Syracuse, NY 13202, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  11. Ale ‘n’ Angus Pub

    Ale n Angus Pub

    Watering hole offering beers ’n’ burgers & other pub grub in an unfussy environment.

    238 Harrison St, Syracuse, NY 13202, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$