The Carrier Dome is going to welcome its first sellout crowd since 1998. Here's a few things you should know before you try to navigate the campus. (Dennis Nett | [email protected])
Syracuse, N.Y. — The Syracuse-Clemson game on Saturday is expected to be the schools first sellout crowd for a football game since 1998. Not surprisingly, the Carrier Dome and its surrounding areas will be a little more hectic and a little more challenging to navigate than it has been on most football Saturdays since then.
Perhaps the most critical thing to note is that your parking options are limited. The school has sold out its lots in the West Campus Area. Fans who havent already obtained a parking pass can use the University Avenue or Booth garages for $25 or the Manley and Skytop Parking Lots for $20.
The Daily Oranges Andrew Graham dug into the mystery of how this happened — and how to stop it from occurring again — and sort of came up empty following Dino Baberss own remarks after the game. The main takeaway was that Syracuse needs to focus on what it does best and regroup (another remark was around rebooting things). But thats rather vague and doesnt really get to the reasons behind how they were so caught off-guard defensively, and why the offense has yet to really ramp up to what its supposed to be capable of.
The parking lots will open at 3 p.m. with shuttles starting at 4 p.m. The Dome gates will open at 5:30 p.m., two hours before kickoff for the 7:30 game.
In addition to parking, Syracuse also has multiple ride-share drop-off locations this year. Along with one at the base of Crouse College that was used last year, there is a second located in the circle outside of Brewster Hall.
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The Cuse on the Quad event will also begin at 4 p.m. Thats a Syracuse-run tailgate with free admission that has been upgraded over the past two seasons.
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Along with having food available for purchase, the event will include music by country musician Eric Chesser, a display with the American Football Coaches Association, a chance to meet former All-American Dwight Freeney and televisions with other football games on them.
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After a standout career at Syracuse, Freeney played 16 seasons in the NFL, played in seven Pro Bowls and won a Super Bowl with the Indianapolis Colts.
“Yeah I was pretty surprised,” Swinney said. “But Ive been in games like that. Maryland played Howard, 79-0, and only ran four plays. Dont know anything about their personnel. While new coaching staff so new tape. Bring in a bunch of transfers that you dont know anything about. All of a sudden on the road, Maryland gets a couple big plays and momentum… just got away from them. By the time they started moving the ball, the score was out of control. So by then everything is different. Maryland is better than people thought, and Syracuse was probably not as prepared as they wanted to be. So you just throw it out the window. Theyre a lot better football team than they played last week.”
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As any Syracuse fan knows, the Carrier Dome is not air-conditioned and a sellout crowd has the potential to create a very hot environment inside on Saturday night.
“It’s a confined space, so there’s just an echo, if you will,” Swinney said. “There’s nowhere for the noise to go, so it stays in there. You let them get it going in there it’ll get rocking. They do a nice job up there, and I think they’re expecting one of the biggest crowds they’ve had in a long time. I think that’s exciting. It’s a night game. I think it’s ABC. We’ve got a national audience. Everybody wants to put their best foot forward, and that includes the fans. The fans will show up and they’ll do an awesome job there. They always do.
Syracuse is allowing fans to bring in two unopened bottles of water to each game this season, and has also moved its metal detectors and security screening on the quad side of the Carrier Dome out toward the quad. That will allow fans who have passed through screening to leave the Dome during the game and use those areas to grab some fresh air.
Weve created a little bit of perimeter outside the facility for people to maybe move around outside the facility once theyve been through the screening, Sala said. That makes a nice, nice area for people to, maybe, go outside for some fresh air. We know its going to be awful stuffy in the building. It always is and people want to go outside. … Its an option when the game is going on. If they need to stretch their legs or get some fresh air, its something they can do.”
The Tar Heels continue to show upward mobility in Mack Browns second tour of duty in Chapel Hill. North Carolina followed up its opening-week upset of South Carolina by knocking off Miami last week to move to 2-0 and establish itself as an early contender in the Coastal Division, where anything is possible. Freshman quarterback Sam Howell has been impressive so far, playing with a confidence that belies his youth.
The halftime ceremony will include a jersey retirement ceremony for former star Tim Green. The school is encouraging fans to wear Orange and calling the game an Orange Out.
Duke has found its replacement for Daniel Jones with Quentin Harris, who accounted for five touchdowns in the Blue Devils victory at Rice last week. With Harris continuing to find his groove, the Blue Devils should move to 2-1 this week. After playing Alabama in the season opener, all other games must seem rather winnable for Coach David Cutcliffes bunch.
The school will be selling orange Tim Green T-shirts. The school said a portion of the proceeds will go to Greens Tackle ALS Fundraiser, which is a fundraising effort started by Green to raise money to research and fight the disease. According to the Tackle ALS Facebook page, the T-shirts will cost $26, and $3 from each shirt will be donated to the organization.
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The school will also the 1959 national championship team during the first quarter. This is the 60th anniversary of SUs only national championship in football.
CLEMSON – Top-ranked Clemson has won the first two home games of the season but takes to the road Saturday to play Syracuse, and head coach Dabo Swinney is excited about the challenge.
The Orange defeated Clemson in the Carrier Dome two years ago – starting quarterback Kelly Bryant was knocked out of the game early – and the Tigers used a late drive to defeat the Syracuse a year ago in Death Valley.
Our second look at the contest can be condensed as such: Syracuses perceived problems going into the year — a young and thin offensive line, as well as green linebackers — were the primary areas exposed by the Terps. Well touch on other woes of the team as well, including miscommunications in the secondary, as we move through this weeks notebook.
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“Excited about the challenge this week and taking this team on the road. Obviously, we have not done that yet,” Swinney said during his Tuesday press conference. “Weve had two good opponents here in the Valley. Excited about how our team as improved to his point but we still have a long way to go. Definitely off to a good start. Were 2-0 and thats where we wanted to be. We have a lot of improving to do if we want to get where we want to get to. The next goal for us is to win the division, so that start this week.
“First division game for us, on the road at a place where we lost two years ago, great environment. They do an awesome job up there and were going to have to play well. Its as simple as that.” eval(ez_write_tag([[580,400],tigernet_com-medrectangle-4,ezslot_0,183,0, 0]));
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“Weve got a lot of respect for Syracuse. They beat us two years ago and then last year had us on the mat for a two count,” he said. “We were able to get up and be able to find a way to win the game. Very fortunate. I have a lot of respect for Syracuse. Our team has a lot of respect for Syracuse. Dino has done a great job up there. Were very well aware of the type of effort, energy, toughness that we will face in this Syracuse team.”
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Syracuse lost 63-20 at Maryland last week, but Swinney knows the Tigers will get the Oranges best shot.
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Last weeks game got away from them but that wont be the version of Syracuse that well see. Were excited about the challenge, he said. Its the next step for us. If were going to be a great team then you have to be able to win on the road. It takes mental toughness. It takes maturity. It takes a lot of discipline and focus and communication to be able to execute offensively, especially. Defensively, its quiet so its a different deal when they go on the road. The defense takes that energy so its different on the road. Just maturity and mental toughness to go and really execute at a high level in a tough environment. Thats what were looking for this week.
Theyve got a good team. Obviously, their quarterback (Tommy DeVito) is a veteran guy. Hes been around and he knows their system, Swinney said. “Hes athletic, he can throw the football, hes confident, hes got good size. Theyve rotated three backs in there and all of them can make plays. Got good receivers. No. 86 has made a couple of big plays early. eval(ez_write_tag([[300,250],tigernet_com-box-4,ezslot_1,188,0, 0]));
Ward said he believed his defense had turned the corner from those collapses. SU was among the nations leaders in sacks, turnovers forced and third-down efficiency last fall. The group, which lost only three starters, dominated against Liberty, an admittedly lesser opponent in Week 1.
Defensively, two All-American ends that are going to play on Sunday, no doubt about it. A couple of All-American candidates in the secondary. One of their better d-tackles has been out and Im not sure if hes going to play this week. Its going to be a tough matchup, simple as that. This is a division game and everybody knows whats at stake. We know a lot about them. They know a lot about us. It comes down to execution in a tough environment. Looking forward to heading up there. Were healthy. Were in a good place. Guys are excited about continuing to get better.