Posted: 9/4/2015 10:51:30 AM
If the current numbers hold, Friday's home opener will be one of the worst-attended in Carrier Dome history.
At the start of every Syracuse Orange football season, there's one annual tradition that rises high above all others to stand as an issue we can all rally behind: Complaining about the poor attendance at the home opener.
The 2015 season will be no different.
Per Brent Axe, the Dome has sold "just over 28,000 tickets" to tomorrow's game against the Rhode Island Rams and, if the usual trends hold, the final paid attendance should top out somewhere around 30,000.
That's pretty low for a Syracuse football home opener, especially when you consider it includes free ticket for freshmen (about 3,000). It will probably end up as one of the worst-attended home openers since the Carrier Dome opened, but, it certainly won't be the worst.
That honor will probably forever belong to the 1983 season-opener against Kent State when a mere 24,605 paid for a ticket. In recent years, the least-attended openers include 2008 vs. Akron (31,808) and 2004 vs. Cincinnati (32,893). Last season, the home-opener against Villanova had a paid attendance of 41,189, though that included a two-for-one ticket offer.
It shouldn't be a big surprise to anyone that the attendance will be rough. SU is coming off of a terrible season and they're playing a bad FCS opponent. It's not the recipe for sellouts.
I'm sure there's a lot of SU fans saying, "See! This is why you have to schedule Wisconsin and LSU." Certainly those games will be well-attended, but I do wonder what your endgame is if you think that way. Syracuse is almost certainly going to win on Friday and they're almost certainly going to lose to LSU. Why is that second game so much more of a priority for you to attend? I don't know about you but wins in the Carrier Dome aren't exactly overflowing these days, I'd take'm where I can get'm.
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