Earlier this week, I journeyed over to the Carrier Dome, walking inside the revolving doors of Gate B to the box office.
It was quiet. My football season ticket renewal payment was handled in a snap, after I told the courteous worker that yes, I do want to settle up a month before the deadline.
Outside, the sight of the dome’s still-sturdy walls struck me.
It’s a smart looking building, right there on the Syracuse University campus.
On the same walkway/ramp that leads to and from Gate B, I looked out over the nearby campus streets.
There’s construction going on.
A parking garage was leveled so a new academic building can rise.
That’s the way of the university world. Grow and learn. Learn and grow.
There’s talk going on about putting up a new 44,000-seat facility several blocks toward downtown, which could serve Syracuse University football and basketball as well as many other events.
Politicians and business leaders are discussing with university officials the financial needs and social ramifications to their various jurisdictions. Some appear to covet the project more than others.
If it is built, anything state-of-the-art would make this 34-year-old bubble-domes stadium obsolete.
It’s not a perfect stadium by today’s standards. The Carrier Dome has no air conditioning. The bench seating quickly gets uncomfortable. The concourses are cramped and can get too crowded.
Until that if becomes a when, though, this Carrier Dome will continue to add to contribution to Syracuse’s vault of memorable events.
On my list of glad-I-was-at-the-Carrier Dome favorite memories I’d put:
Syracuse’s football victories over top-ranked Nebraska in 1984, nemesis Penn State in 1987, and the first game my dear wife Karen and I went to with our new season tickets, against Minnesota in 2009.
Syracuse’s basketball victories over Boston College on Pearl Washington’s rainbow half-court shot in 1984 and Big East rival West Virginia in 2005 with Christmas present tickets from my-to-be-dear-wife Karen.
Maryland’s East Regional basketball victories over Kentucky and Connecticut to earn my alma mater its spot in the Final Four in 2002, when the Terrapins went on to win their only national championship.
Concerts by David Bowie, Prince, Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, Billy Joel, Garth Brooks, Joel and Elton John, and the Zac Brown Band.
No wonder I like the place, huh?
Does your city have old-but-still-memorable buildings that may be replaced?