By now you've heard of the newest club in Syracuse, Club 4-4. If you're an ultra VIP interested in an "opulently designed, Manhattan-style meeting place," conveniently located in the concrete bunker that is the Carrier Dome, and you've got an extra $1,500 burning a hole in your pocket, this is the place for you.
Now I understand the esteemed Syracuse Athletic Director is trying to raise money to compete nationally, and if he thinks he can do it by peddling "an extraordinary atmosphere" filled with ultra VIPS, the tooth fairy, the headless horseman and whatever other load of crap he claims will be in this club, more power to him. You gotta pay the bills somehow.
I also understand there's no money in the Central NY and Turning Stone represents a funding opportunity. Other schools have deals with casinos -- and make no mistake -- first and foremost Turning Stone is a casino, but the association to me is unseemly. For example, on the front page of the Turning Stone web site, you see this:
I'm not naive, but advertising football gambling and sponsoring a club at a college football stadium really isn't really the message you want to be sending, regardless of the bogus claims that Turning Stone is a "resort."
The gambling aspect aside, in the grand scheme of things, this latest fundraising effort doesn't really affect the average fan. It just gives us another thing to mock. Maybe they'll be able to to con enough people into joining this thing to keep my A level seat costs down. I doubt it, but well see.
However, we here at T3I want to help those who are about to experience opulent, ultra-VIP luxury, so we are proud to present you with an exclusive first peek at what your new digs will look like - enjoy the club!