My dear wife Karen texted me a little past noon Tuesday.
“SU BB tonight?”
I knew the code. Tickets for the Syracuse Orange’s game against Loyola in the Carrier Dome were being offered at Syracuse Media Group? Fast as I could I answered “Tix for us, yes.”
And received back “Sec 122 seats 11 and 12”
I did not go seat-chart searching, being busy blogging and such. Her company — the one that was the big daily when I worked there — gets tickets all over the dome. I knew they were free. I wondered if they were two of the six that we scored one time when I still worked there, when publisher Steven Rogers didn’t wish to go to an early season contest and offered his seats to a group and I happened to be standing next to him in the hallway and said, yes, thank you, sir. Those babies were center court, about a half-dozen rows up from the floor.
These tickets were not those tickets. But they were on the floor of the dome. So down the stairs of the dome we walked. Down. Down. Down. Across the floor to the portable stands set up.
No, they weren’t Mr. Rogers’ best seats in the house.
But look at the view of the court above, from our seats courtside, three rows from the floor and a half-dozen feet past one of the baskets.
You must turn away from the court and take a selfie with the floor behind you as soon as you discover you have seats like this in a basketball stadium that will seat 35,000 people later this season when Duke comes to visit.
Seats like this will allow you to use the zoom on your iPhone 6 to capture the opening jump ball.
It wasn’t much of a game, really. It shouldn’t have been, Syracuse of the ACC vs. Loyola of the Patriot League. And when the Greyhounds didn’t score a point until more than 11 minutes had gone by in the contest, Orange fans could breath easier, despite the fact that at 3-1, Syracuse had fallen out of the Associated Press top 25 this week for the first time in five years after losing in Madison Square Garden to California and then barely holding on to defeat Iowa last week.
Coach Jim Boeheim’s squad looked as young as it is. Senior Rakim Christmas and junior Trevor Cooney were solid, as they must be, and Syracuse won 70-37 as freshmen Chris McCullough and Kaleb Joseph continued to improve.
And I got to take pictures closer than I’ll get to the court for a good, long time, I imagine. Now that’s tight defense.
Do you ever get free tickets to events where you work, and if so, what have you seen? What are the best seats you’ve had for an event, and how close to the action were you? Have you taken a really good sports shot at an event, and if so, who was in it and what were they playing?