During its tenure in the Big East, Syracuse was consistently ranked in the nation's top three in overall attendance. Now the Orange are reportedly looking to celebrate their first year in the ACC by breaking some records.
When Syracuse hosts Duke (on a date to be determined), the school is considering moving its basketball court to the middle of the football field, which would allow for more than 50,000 spectators in the Carrier Dome to have a view of the action. This according to a report from the Syracuse Post-Standard.
Making this move would likely shatter the school's previous on-campus attendance record of 35,012, which was set last season when arch-rival Georgetown paid its final visit to the Dome.
"The schedule hasn't been released yet, so I can't confirm it or deny,'' SU senior associate athletic director Joe Giansante told the Post-Standard. "We're looking for ways to celebrate our inclusion in the ACC. Obviously, when Duke comes to town, it's going to be a special day.''
The rumor of a "special" event planned for the Duke game gained even more traction on Wednesday when ESPN analyst Dick Vitale shared the following tweet:
I'm thinking how the Carrier Dome will rock when the Cuse & HoFer Jim Boeheim welcome the Dukies -gut says they break record of over 50 K !— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) July 31, 2013
Syracuse led the nation in total attendance last season, and ranked behind only Kentucky in average attendance.