The Carrier Dome is located on the Syracuse University campus is the home of the school’s football, lacrosse, and basketball teams. The dome opened in September of 1980 and is the largest domed stadium in college sports as well as the northeastern United States. The stadium currently has a capacity of 49,262 for football and 35,446 for basketball.
The dome was originally built due to pressure on the football program to improve its football facility to keep its Division 1A status in the late 1970s. The Carrier Dome opened on September 20, 1980, and immediately it was recognized as one of the loudest stadiums in the country earning it the nickname “The Loud House.” The design of the roof plays a major role in the creation of the strong atmosphere as the sound echoes off Teflon-coated inflatable roof. In 1999 the dome’s original inflatable roof was replaced and in 2005 new FieldTurf was installed.
The large capacity of the dome has put Syracuse at the top of the charts for annual and per basketball game attendance. The record for attendance for an on-campus college basketball game was set on February 1, 2014, when the Orange took down the Duke Blue Devils 91-89 in overtime as 35,446 looked on. This broke the previous record of 35,012, which was set last year when the Orange played Georgetown. In addition to regular-season football and basketball games, the Carrier Dome has also hosted a variety of other events. The Dome has hosted the NCAA East Regional Finals and Semifinals seven times as well as the 1981 Big East Conference Tournament. It has also been home to the NCAA Division 1 Lacrosse Championships twice (1988 and 1991). Finally, the stadium has hosted many nonsporting events, such as a Billy Graham Crusade, The Who, U2, and numerous other musical acts. Regardless of the event, the Carrier Dome is a great venue that is sure to provide you with a memorable time.