Our award winning (in our minds) Syracuse Football A to Z series continues with a look at the Loud House.
The Syracuse football program was at a crossroads in the 1970s. A decaying Archbold Stadium, combined with some lean years on the playing field had many questioining the future of Division 1 football in Syracuse. Well, $26 million later, Orange fans were treated to their new digs at 900 Irving Avenue. Along with the arrival of Dick MacPherson, one could argue that the Carrier Dome saved Syracuse football.
Opening night was September 20, 1980 and it featured a 36-24 win over Miami of Ohio. Through the years the Dome has been the scene of: some great wins against the best programs in the country (Nebraska, Penn State, Florida, Virginia Tech, Miami), stirring moments (2001 post 9/11 Auburn game), scares (Gerry Bram), and unforgettable plays (Kirby Dar Dar reverse, McNabb to Brominski).
Orange fans have also seen a number of upgrades over the years (video boards, field turf, Club 44) that have brought the Loud House into the 21st century.
We're paying tribute to our favorite feature of the Carrier Dome; we love you Dome Foam!
Just remember, don't be this guy during your next visit.