It was recently revealed that Onondaga County and state officials had considered a project that would have brought a new sports stadium to Syracuse. The county executive says she has ended talks about it with the governor, but would the public support a similar move in the future? Our Candace Hopkins caught up with SU fans, who say they are not ready to say goodbye to the Carrier Dome just yet.
SYRACUSE, N.Y.--For Syracuse University basketball fans, most of their best memories of the team all took place inside this big white dome.
"Oh, great games, the triple overtime win against Villanova in the Big East the first year they were here at the Dome, 80 or 81 or 82, it was a terrific game, Pearl making that walk off shot, things like that, just great", said Norwich Resident Bill Craine.
"It's an awesome place to see a basketball game, we're lucky to have Carrier Dome", said Auburn Resident Bob Ringwood.
Since 1980, people have been packing the Dome for SU athletic events, concerts, graduations and more. It's the only domed stadium in the northeast and can seat over 49 thousand people. But some local and state officials are in favor of building a new, modern stadium in downtown Syracuse. The plan has been scrapped for now, but many fans say they aren't in favor of it in the foreseeable future.
"I appreciate the modern but there's a history associated with the Dome that you can't take away from it", said Cicero Resident Chris Annal.
"Repair, do what you gotta do to keep it running, but I think, a place like this, for at least the basketball settings, I think it's awesome, it's something we should be proud of", said Auburn Resident Andy Collier.
"I don't know, upgrades, maybe more video screens in the corners, but it's a great facility", said Ringwood.
But just because these fans want to keep the Dome, that doesn't mean they don't see some faults with it. Many said the surrounding area needs more parking and hotels, and most of all they want to see the basketball set up reconfigured.
"With new draws with like North Carolina and Duke and places like that, if you can format it so that you can get more people in the seats, the draw is obviously there", said Collier.
It's clear in a place many fans call Dome Sweet Dome, they're not ready to leave just yet.
The February first game against Duke is expected to break the current Carrier Dome attendance record. That was set last February, when 35,012 people, watched the Orange take on Georgetown.