I was right in my prediction Thursday when I declared that the Sheraton University would not be empty in the Friday hours before the East Region of the NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen up the hill a short stretch in the Carrier Dome.
Interestingly enough, as my dear wife Karen and I made our way to a table we shared with an old media acquaintance of mine Dollar Bill and his very nice cohorts, we discovered that except for a few folks wearing North Carolina State shirts, everybody in the joint prefered the Orange of Syracuse or neutral wear.
Karen and I sussed out that the four Louisville, Michigan State, Oklahoma and indeed, the Wolfpack, too, all had “official” hotels other than this, so maybe their fans had adopted their tap rooms for pregame libation. Or maybe this place was just so very well known for its Orange basketball and football soirees.
In any case, we’d see and hear plenty from the four squads represented in the Dome. That’s what I wrote about for my Mark It Up in Syracuse community blog column for Syracuse Public Media site waer.org. You can read it and see my photos by clicking the link below.
It was a cold walk up the hill toward the Carrier Dome.
It was an amazing view when we reached the plateau and I took a moment to look back to view from whence we had come.
The Dome was ready with its wand-holding security guards at the entrances. We have the routine down by now. I must empty my pockets of everything. This time my two hands held my iPhone 6, a reporter’s notebook, two pens, my keys, folded paper money, and coins. Karen has to hold open her purse. Then we get the magic wand to not beep. I do not mind the security measure.
I was quite happy with the seats Karen has scored at work, for a very good price. They were high up, second row from the top, court side. The view was good, and next to us was a former colleague and his wife. They’d attended Michigan State. That made it a lot more fun.
Of course, that was without any iPhone 6 close-up help. Here’s the Louisville Cardinal with that feature on full. Our eyes are even better.
Would you have been surprised to find few followers of the other three teams at the nearest convenient tap room, and what’s your theory behind that? Would you mind getting wanded at the entrance? What do you think of the view from the seats?