“For me, I can’t worry about what everybody says about me. I’m LeBron James, from Akron, Ohio. From the inner city. I’m not even supposed to be here,” said by LeBron James after winning the Finals MVP this past year. There wasn’t a shout out to Ohio State, nope, just to his hometown.
Anyone who’s been following his career knows that he never went to college. So then why would Ohio State have his name above a locker in their new basketball facility?
Let me ask you this, if you were a top recruit and visiting Ohio State and saw LeBron James name slapped to the top of a locker wouldn’t you be a bit more interested in attending that school?
I know I would.
According to Ohio State officials the reasoning behind devoting a locker to the Miami Heat player is to display James’ Nike line that is worn by the Buckeyes that include shoes, jerseys and warm-ups. Ohio State has been wearing different versions of his gear since the end of the 2006-07 season, where as Kentucky and Miami started wearing his gear in 2011.
James has always deemed himself a huge Buckeye fan, having been raised just two hours away from the campus. He has frequently been seen at high-profile games decked out in scarlet and gray. Had he not been drafted out of high school and immediately gone pro, he would’ve likely attended the school.
Of course, coaches and schools will do anything to attain the best recruits they can get, and dropping a name has never hurt anyone. It’s a sly recruiting tactic, whether it will work or not remains to be seen.
When Ohio State head coach Thad Matta was asked, “does that LeBron guy have a chance to contribute for you guys this year?” all he had to say was, “I think he is going to have to earn his stripes.”
The Athletics Construction Roundup is a monthly series on construction of athletics facilities. Each month I’ll provide you with a list of athletic construction projects in progress (and recently completed) across the country, including details on budget and scope of the project.
Oklahoma State University
Work continues on the previously announced Michael and Anne Greenwood Tennis Center. The 50,000 square foot facility is on track for completion by the spring 2014.
University of Maine
Maine will play over half of its men’s and women’s basketball games at the new Cross Insurance Center. The new arena will open in September and is owned by the city of Bangor.
University of Delaware
Delaware will add a state outline to its football field. The field design is part of a larger “First State” campaign.
University at Albany
This article examines the progress that Albany’s football program has made and the process that the athletic department went through to build Bob Ford Field. The stadium will open in September and details on the finishing touches can be found here.
Tulane AD Rick Dickson gives an update on the progress of Yulman Stadium and announces that the project is still on pace to be completed by the start of the 2014 football season in this video.
University of Cincinnati
As Nippert Stadium undergoes a renovation, the Bearcats will play thier 2014 home games at Paul Brown Stadium, the home of the NFL’s Bengals.
Michigan State University
This photo gallery shows the early stages of construction at Spartan Stadium. The $24.5 million project will continue through the season and is schedule to be completed in July of next year.
The project also has a prominent donor: Tom Izzo, Michigan State head men’s basketball coach.
University of Florida
As the fallout from the Boston Marathon bombing earlier this year continues, many schools continue to revise plans for stadium security. In this article, Assistant Athletic Director of Facilities Chip Howard provides an inside look at the thought process behind the policy changes.
University of Connecticut
Despite earlier reports of setbacks, the new scoreboard has installed at Rentschler Field and will be ready for the start of the season. The 28×73 videoboard will be complimented by two ribbon boards.
Following an earlier project where AstroTurf was installed at Ohio football’s Peden Stadium, the athletic department’s new Multipurpose Center and Pruitt Field, the home of the field hockey program, will receive the same type of surface.
George Washington University
GW has unveiled the completed renovations at its tennis facility. In addition to a court resurface, windscreens and benches were upgraded.
Florida State University
FSU’s $15 million Albert Dunlap indoor practice facility has official opened.
Kansas State University
The $75 million renovation to Bill Snyder Family Stadium is complete. The project aimed to improve the fan experience and included suites, retail locations, concession areas, and restroom facilities.
University of Illinois
A new videoboard has been installed at Memorial Stadium which is four times larger than its predecessor. Part of a $7.2 million project, the main board is complemented by two smaller ones.
Eastern Kentucky University
Both Roy Kidd Stadium and McBrayer Arena will receive new videoboards as part of a $1.2 million project. The project will paid for using money from game guarantees and sponsorships.
Colorado State University
Despite the possibility of a new, on-campus stadium in the near future, Hughes Stadium has received a new videoboard. In a cost saving move, the board sits in the frame of the previous scoreboard.
High Point University
As a result of athletic department growth, High Point will build a $9 million, 31,500 square foot performance center. The facility will house areas for academics and sports medicine.
James Madison University
JMU replaced its seven year old turf due to a number of mostly atheistic issues.
California State University, Fresno
Fresno State’s $6.7 million Meyers Sports Medicine Facility. The project was completely donor funded.
East Carolina University
The recently completed and previously unnamed basketball practice facility has been officially named the Smith-Williams Center. A photo gallery of the facility can be found here.
Duke University Golf Club has reopened after a $500,000 renovation. The project focused on the greens and tee boxes.
University of Louisville
Just in time for the start of the season, Louisville has upgraded the sound system at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.
University of Oregon
Oregon’s new football performance has drawn criticism from some of the university’s own professors.
James Madison University
James Madison has installed Taraflex at Sinclair Gymnasium. Taraflex is recognized as the top surface in the industry for volleyball.
This outstanding piece from Baylor media relations details the history of the tennis program’s facilities and how those facilities help Baylor host postseason events.
Seton Hall University
Work has been completed on its new Center for Sports Medicine. The latest in a string of projects, the center was built at a cost of $1.5 million and is twice the size of its predecessor.
Saint Joseph’s University
An 80 year old facility has received new seats and a new name. The recently renamed Sweeny Field is home to the lacrosse and soccer programs.
A few non-D1 notes:
Texas A&M-Commerce made a splash with its midfield logo that stretches from 25 yard line to 25 yard line and sideline to sideline.
Queens University of Charlotte opened its $30 million Levine Center for Wellness and Recreation. It includes a new arena.
Converse College has broken ground on a $3.3 million field house.
Buffalo State is beginning a $28 million overhaul of Houston Gym.
In case you missed it- Facilities projects previously mentioned on this site
Cell reception should be improved for fans at Arizona football games
Syracuse could go for the NCAA basketball single game attendance record.
Recently, the America East Conference revealed its transformation. Its new logo, look, and brand identity exemplify the future of the conference and the living legacies of its member institutions. This change, however, got me thinking: what is really behind the brand and marketing strategies of each of the NCAA conferences?
In theory, the brand of each NCAA conference is supposed to help differentiate it from its competing conferences. It is meant to help create a story that vendors, alumni, fans, and students alike can feel proud of being a part of. In the midst of the many recent waves of conference realignment, this story is especially important to manufacture in order to ensure that the conferences live up to their historic ideals and adapt to the changing times.
The brand of each conference is essentially an extension of the brand of each member institution. Yet, where does the brand image of each school end and the brand image of the conference begin? As such, do schools with huge fan bases and followings directly affect the brand image of their conference? Do conferences with schools that are dominant in either football or basketball (or both) inherently have stronger brand identities or are the brands actually more creative and innovative? On top of this, where does the brand image of the conference end and the brand of the entire NCAA organization take over?
Over the coming weeks, I will be exploring the theme of brand identity within the NCAA. I will be looking at it mostly from the conference perspective, but will look to see how each member institution’s own brand image influences its conferences image as a whole.
Leave a comment below with some things you might like to see covered going forward about conference branding with the NCAA.
The coveted Old Leather Helmet is again up for the taking this Saturday when the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide face the Virginia Tech Hokies in the sixth annual Chick-Fil-A kickoff game held in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome.
With television contracts more lucrative in college football, the concept of neutral game sites has become increasingly more popular. Even though games situated on campus are what set collegiate athletics apart from its professional counterpart, kickoff games to start the season are typically blockbuster games featuring top teams squaring off.
The Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game, now promoted as the “Daytona 500 of College Football,” has started a trend. Although neutral site games to start the season have been tried before in places like New York’s Meadowlands, the Chick-Fil-A Bowl was the first of the modern era. Its success has inspired other cities to host similar games.
This year, Cowboy Stadium in Arlington Texas will host LSU versus TCU in the Cowboys Classic, and Reliant Stadium in Houston will host Oklahoma State versus Mississippi State in the Advocare Texas Kickoff. Within the coming years cities such as Charlotte, Kansas City, MO and Orlando may host big name neutral site matchups of their own.
Strength-of-schedule plays a role when it comes time to deciding between playing at home or somewhere else in college football. Alabama is a prime example and will make its third appearance in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff this year and will return next year to face West Virginia. The Crimson Tide also played in the Cowboys Classic last year against Michigan to open the 2012 season.
“When you play a good opponent in the first game, it really helps enhance your offseason program — your spring practice, your summer conditioning, because players are looking forward to playing an outstanding opponent early,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said.
Out of the six years the game has been running, 3 of the teams that made appearances in the game went on to contend in the SEC Championship game.
This year the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game’s projected total team payout is $5 million, which is higher than 24 bowl games. Also, according to USA Today, “the game endows a $50, 000 scholarship for each school, provides prime-time exposure on ESPN and creates ‘a bowl atmosphere in a one-day event’ with concerts and other fan activities outside the stadium.” The Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game has also generated $195.4 million in economic impact to the metro Atlanta area since its conception.
The success of the kickoff game has catapulted the strength of the Chick-fil-A Bowl that is now considered to be apart of “New Year’s Six,” that include the Rose, Sugar, Fiesta, Orange and Cotton bowls. Those bowls will be the sites for the semifinals on a rotating basis, for the new College Football Playoffs that begin January of 2015.
The Kickoff game, alongside the Southeastern Conference championship game, the Chick-fil-A Bowl and the soon-to-be opened in 2014 College Football Hall of Fame has not only added to the thriving city of Atlanta, but has made it clear as to why it is now the nations unofficial college football capital.
By: Myles J. Robinson
With the recent release of the new AP Top 25 Poll the 2013-14 college football season is officially upon us. Numerous athletic programs have been in the national news lately spending big bucks off the field.
Recently, James Maddox wrote an interesting post about the top college programs on Twitter in various sports. I decided to take James’ article a step further focusing on the Twitter presence of the head coaches running the nation’s Top 25 Football programs. Below are some interesting notes from these coaches:
- 10 coaches in the AP Top 25 Poll have verified accounts:
- Stanford’s David Shaw (@CoachDavidShaw)
- Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin (@CoachSumlin)
- Louisville’s Charlie Strong (@CharlieStrongUL)
- Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly (@CoachBrianKelly)
- LSU’s Les Miles (@LSUCoachMiles)
- Texas’ Mack Brown (@UT_MackBrown)
- Nebraska’s Bo Pelini (@BoPelini)
- UCLA’s Jim Mora (@UCLACoachMora)
- Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald (@CoachFitz51)
- USC’s Lane Kiffin (@Lane_Kiffin)
- Of those that University of Georgia’s Mark Richt follows, 85% are high school football recruits
- Louisville’s Charlie Strong follows Johnny Manziel, the 2012 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from Texas A&M
- Nebraska’s Bo Pelini shows his personality and off-the-field hobbies by following Larry the Cable Guy, TaylorMade Golf and the Cleveland Indians
With the dawn of the new season, it comes as no surprise that the two-time defending national champion Alabama Crimson Tide is sitting atop the AP Poll. Ohio State, ranked second, is an early preseason favorite to join the Tide in the BCS National Title game later this year. While many coaches are leveraging social media as an extra recruiting tool, the nation’s top two coaches, Alabama’s Nick Saban and Ohio State’s Urban Meyer, have chosen to refrain from using Twitter.
On the other hand, some coaches like LSU’s Les Miles have taken to Twitter and built an online, national brand. Coach Miles tops my list (see below) of college football head coaching personalities, boasting over 100,000 Twitter followers. With over 95,000 followers, Brian Kelly currently has the number two spot following Notre Dame’s near perfect season last year.
Twitter’s Top 10 Most Followed College Football Head Coaches (as of 8/19/2013)
|Head Coach||School||Twitter Handle||Number of Followers|
|2. Brian Kelly||Notre Dame||@CoachBrianKelly||95,422|
|3. Mark Richt||Georgia||@MarkRicht||72,516|
|4. Bo Pelini||Nebraska||@BoPelini||50,250|
|5. Will Muschamp||Florida||@CoachWMuschamp||44,493|
|6. Kevin Sumlin||Texas A&M||@CoachSumlin||39,263|
|7. Mack Brown||Texas||@UT_MackBrown||35,156|
|8. Mike Gundy||Oklahoma State||@CoachGundy||31,666|
|9. Charlie Strong||Louisville||@CharlieStrongUL||31,177|
|10. Lane Kiffin||Southern California||@Lane_Kiffin||30,732|
To echo the words of former NFL coach Herm Edwards “You play to win the game!” In social media the game of engagement is won with contagious content. Klout is a popular social media tool that rates online influence on a scale of 1-100, with a high number signaling great engagement on various social media networks. Below, I took a look at the Top 25 head coaches for this coming year to discover who has the most influence off the field.
Twitter’s Most Influential College Football Head Coaches (as of 8/19/2013)
|Head Coach||School||Twitter Handle||Klout Score|
|1. Les Miles||LSU||@LSUCoachMiles||81|
|2. Lane Kiffin||Southern California||@Lane_Kiffin||80|
|3. Kevin Sumlin||Texas A&M||@CoachSumlin||69|
|4. Mack Brown||Texas||@UT_MackBrown||66|
|Mike Gundy||Oklahoma State||@CoachGundy||66|
|Brian Kelly||Notre Dame||@CoachBrianKelly||66|
|5. Will Muschamp||Florida||@CoachWMuschamp||65|
|6. Pat Fitzgerald||Northwestern||@CoachFitz51||63|
|7. Bo Pelini||Nebraska||@BoPelini||62|
Recently during the College World Series, Miles congradulated the LSU Baseball Team on a successful season, signaling to many Tigers fans his genuine love for the University. His post was retweteed over 300 times as a result. Les Miles recently discussed his take on Twitter at SEC Media Day: “Here is what’s happening. Somebody gave me the magic. They said there’s 500 million on Instagram…there’s 3 billion on Facebook. These are phenomena that are not just youthful…it’s an amazing thing. What we really are trying to do is educate and give [our football players] their brand and the responsibility that they have to understand that this is a media outlet.”
Coach Les Miles is one of few coaches in the country who effectively capitalizes on his brand equity. One of Miles’ most engaging posts came on March 18 when he posted a YouTube link of the LSU Football team doing the Harlem Shake, a viral dance that swept the nation prompting brands, celebrities and athletic teams alike to join in the video frenzy. Miles’s single tweet that evening has since been shared over 1,300 times and “favorited” another 376 times.
In a world where 140 characters has proved detrimental to many college athletes, it is great to watch those on the field who leverage social channels in a positive manner. Considering Les’ own pull in the Twitterverse, I think we all can take a brand lesson from Coach Miles’ playbook.
Its been seven months since the last college football game was played, and with the start of the new season rapidly approaching this Thursday students are doing whatever it takes to get their hands on tickets for the first game. From Georgia to Virginia Tech students are camping out to make sure they get good seats for their teams’ season openers.
At Clemson University, where the Tigers are set to play the University of Georgia this Saturday night, students started camping out as early as nine days prior to tickets being available. Tickets are given on a first-come first-served basis, and as any student will tell you, sitting farther from the field is never as fun.
For some this is what being a student is all about. According to ClemsonTigers.com, Aaron Nathan, a senior at Clemson, snagged the number one spot with 15-20 of his buddies, but for him that’s nothing new. He was also first in line last year to pick up tickets for the rivalry game against South Carolina. Being a veteran to the waiting game, Nathan and his group made up a sleep chart to make sure someone is always at their tent.
Students camping out were rewarded when Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney paid a visit Friday morning with doughnuts in hand. Swinney said during his visit “that’s the passion that makes Clemson special…people trying to get tickets to the game and support the Tigers.”
At the University of Alabama students started to camp out the night before tickets were available for pickup to make sure they were one of the first 450 people in order to guarantee a lower bowl seat when the Crimson Tide faces the Virginia Tech Hokies in Atlanta. At Alabama students must already have opted in for tickets before pickup.
To entertain themselves while waiting anxiously for tickets students from Clemson and Alabama both had movie nights to pass the time.
Perhaps most interesting is that students have decided camping out is actually preferable to purchasing tickets online from their own homes.
Students at Oregon State University started a Facebook group a couple of years ago to change the ticketing distribution system and to allow camping out for tickets. Students complained that the online system was “awful” and that “the system would crash when too many students would log on.“
As Kuykendall, a senior from the University of Alabama, simply put it when he arrived 14 hours early to buy tickets, “it rewards the people who want it more.”
Whether student-athletes should be allowed to receive full cost of attendance (“COA”) scholarships has been a frequent topic of discussion in the college sports world over the past few years. First, an antitrust lawsuit brought in 2006 by former college basketball and football players—White v. NCAA—asked the courts to allow full cost of attendance scholarships. Although the case settled, it did not result in changes to the NCAA’s scholarship rules. Then, the issue appeared to be settled nearly two years ago when the NCAA Board of Directors approved a proposal to allow universities to give student-athletes $2000 stipends on top of their athletic scholarships. But the proposal never went into effect after more than 160 Division I members voted to override its implementation.
Now, a current bill winding its way through the California legislative process (assembly Bill 475b) seeks to end this debate for certain California universities. And not only does the bill require full cost of attendance athletic scholarships for certain athletes: it also requires that athletic scholarships be guaranteed for five years and that a “full” athletic scholarship include a stipend.
Before getting into the details of the new bill, a refresher on California’s Student Athlete Bill of Rights is in order. The Student-Athlete Bill of Rights, which was passed last year, requires California universities making at least $10,000,000 in annual income from the sale of athletics-related media rights to continue providing scholarships to athletes who suffer career ending injuries or who exhaust their athletics eligibility before they graduate. Assembly Bill 475b proposes that the $10,000,000 per year threshold be increased to $20,000,000 per-year and include money made from licensing fees (for things such as video games, jersey sales, etc.), not just the sale of media rights.
For now, this would be an insignificant change. The only California universities making $10,000,000 per year from media rights are Cal, UCLA, USC, and Stanford. And, due to the Pac-12’s new media deals, these universities are also making $20,000,000 per year from media rights and licensing fees. So, this amendment would not affect who the law applies to. It only gives other California universities (San Diego State, Fresno St, etc.) more of a buffer from having the law apply to them.
The important changes are Assembly Bill 475b’s scholarship-related amendments. First, the bill would require all athletic scholarships to be guaranteed for five years, or until the completion of the student-athlete’s eligibility, as long as the athlete is in good standing with the school and continues participating in his or her sport. This is a big change in the way scholarships are usually awarded. Currently, NCAA members are allowed, but not required, to offer multi-year scholarships. In the year and a half since the NCAA began allowing multi-year scholarships, the vast majority of athletic scholarships are still awarded for one year and are renewable at the school’s discretion. It is also important to note that this provision would apply to all athletic scholarships, not just full athletic scholarships. So it would apply to scholarships awarded in sports like baseball and track where partial scholarships are the norm.
Second, the bill would require that all full athletic scholarships cover a university’s full cost of attendance. Pursuant to NCAA rules, a full athletic scholarship only covers tuition, room and board, and books. This leaves a gap of around $3,000 between the value of a full athletic scholarship and the full cost of attendance at most schools. For example, the yearly cost of tuition and fees, room and board, and books at Stanford is $57,362. But, according to its own calculations, the total cost of attendance at Stanford is $60,749. This leaves a difference of $3,387 between the value of a full athletic scholarship and the total cost of attendance. And this number does not include transportation to and from a student’s home, which varies by student. When transportation is included it pushes the difference closer to $4,000. Assembly Bill 475b would require that Stanford cover this difference for all of its athletes receiving full athletic scholarships (football, basketball, volleyball, etc.).
The bill does not stop with mandating cost of attendance scholarships. It also provides that all full athletic scholarships must include an additional $3,600 stipend. Called a “student athlete participation stipend,” this is money that is intended to be used for expenses that fall outside of those included in the definition of cost of attendance. Stanford’s cost of attendance calculation includes amounts for clothing, toiletries, incidentals, and dorm activities. So, an athlete receiving a full athletic scholarship could use the stipend to cover expenses he has beyond these categories.
If the bill is signed into law, it sets the stage for a major fight between California and the NCAA, as it would require UCLA, USC, Cal, and Stanford to violate NCAA rules. With all of the criticism currently coming its way, the NCAA is likely rooting for the bill to die in order to avoid that showdown.
Goodbye, pen and paper. Sayonara, endless hours of crunching numbers by hand.
In an electronic-centered society, why not fuse technology and sports? Especially when its so addicting to let’s say, college students.
Over 170 college programs, including Duke basketball and the University of Texas football program, are now using the Mobile Player Assessment Solution application called Sportsboard during practices, recruiting visits and games. The application allows coaches to gather and evaluate Player Efficiency Ratings (PER) for each athlete. At the end of each practice or game the individual numbers are uploaded to a server and within minutes can be sent to each players mobile device or iPad so they can see their strengths and weaknesses from that day.
Sportsboard eliminates the idea that coaches have to slave away over clipboards and manually enter numbers into computers just to sit down later to look at everything they typed in. Instead, everything they need is in one program.
“Duke had two guys on the sidelines watching the practice game and they were calling out what was happening on the court. They had a guy use a clipboard basically tallying all the stats for all the players as they were happening. When the practice was over they were entering all the stats onto a spreadsheet and they would compute each players efficiency points ratings…we took a 2-3 hour process and made it into a 5 minute process, which ultimately enabled them to use the report in a much more timely way” said Gregg Jacobs, founder and CEO of West Shore Technologies, the company that produce SportsBoard.
The program, which has been called “the future of basketball practice’”by ESPN, is applicable to more than just football and basketball. SportsBoard currently has applications for twelve different sports that include: Soccer, Lacrosse, Rugby, Ice Hockey, Baseball and more, each one easily accessible through an application store, Jacobs says that “The teams that adopt this technology sooner are going to have a competitive advantage when it comes to putting the best talent on the court or on the field. Ultimately they are going to use data over gut instinct.”
Besides working with universities, SportsBoard is being used in over a dozen camps this summer, such as Stanford’s baseball and lacrosse camps.
“What we are impacting on camps is so much bigger than what we are doing in terms of impacting college coaches for recruiting or season. We are enabling these camp operators to assess the player give them a rating, video them…we are enabling them to completely professionalize what they did on paper or what they weren’t doing before” said Jacobs.
Overtime, Sportsboard will revolutionize sports in way no one would have imagined 15 years ago. Sorry clipboards, your time has passed.
You’re in the stadium watching your favorite team and you try to call a friend about the amazing play that just happened in front of you and…nothing.
How many times have you been denied cell phone service in a stadium because there are just too many people and not enough service capacity?
The University of Arizona has decided to follow the technology trend by signing a contract with Boingo Wireless to improve cellular voice and data connectivity within Arizona Stadium. The current cellular coverage in the stadium was made to only handle either calls or SMS texts for 56,000 people. Arizona Stadium has recently been renovated, including an expansion to 57,800.
“We are excited for what the Distributed Antenna System (DAS) will do to enhance the game day experience for our fans. It’s important to us that we evolve and improve, and the DAS helps us to keep pace with the technology needs of our customers,” Greg Byrne, University of Arizona Vice President for Athletics, said in a Boingo press release.
The new partnering will not just make Wildcat fans happy but will also be great marketing for the school. Fans will be able post updates and pictures quicker without having to wait to leave the stadium ultimately helping the school with branding.
“Technology is such a critical component now to higher education and to student life,” Michele Norin, UA chief information officer told UA@Work. “To not stay ahead of that or to not stay current is a risk we do not want to take here at the UA.”
The antennas will be placed in phases starting with Arizona Stadium and will eventually cover all of campus, aiding in increasing the security network. This project is just one of many in the University’s 10-year Network Master Plan.
Other schools that have installed similar antennas include the University of Alabama and the University of Michigan, both of which are partnered with AT&T and Verizon.
What better way to make an entrance into a new conference than by breaking the NCAA’s all-time attendance record for an on-campus game? Syracuse is considering moving the basketball court to the middle of the Carrier Dome, as a one-time deal for the highly anticipated Duke game this upcoming season. The move to the middle of the court has the possibility of drawing in a crowd of 50,000 or more. The current record held by Syracuse is 30,012 set on February 23, 2013 when Syracuse hosted Georgetown for the last time as Big East rivals.
Moving the court would be Syracuse’s grand way of celebrating their recent membership into the ACC. Syracuse’s executive senior associate athletic director Joe Giansante told Syracuse.com, “We had a wedding in New York City on July 1,” referring to the ACC welcoming Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame to the conference. “But there still needs to be a reception. We’re not sure what we’re going to do for that yet, but it’ll be special.“
The notion of Syracuse moving to center court (literally) of the Dome is not authentic; the idea has made its way to the drawing board in the past but has always stayed there.
Unfortunatel,y everyone working on the Hill has a lot has to take into consideration before they pick up the pieces of the court and move them: (1) whether or not the fire marshal gives them the okay for the project, (2) figuring out wiring set up for television crews for a one-time basis, and (3) taking on the challenge of moving season ticket holders and not having any complaints.
The current forced seating arrangement to the one half of the dome makes it feel more intimate and as if it is a full house each game.
Having a single game in the middle of the field you can’t just have fans seated 70 yards back from the end zones of the court. And what about those with courtside seats, especially if they were to decide to play on a raised court?
Would making history and spending the money for one night outshine the hassle?
Duke isn’t the only big named program that the Orange will be hosting this season other teams include North Carolina in an ACC game and Indiana in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
Whether or not Syracuse will move the court has yet to be confirmed or denied. The full basketball schedule will be released later this month soon following that tickets will go one sale, which is when we’ll find out whether or not Syracuse will be making history again.
“We’re going to look at all kinds of options to make our move to the ACC as special as possible,” Giansante said Thursday. ‘There are a lot of different things on the table to consider.”