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Downtown Syracuse goes orange for SU

Several downtown areas will be lit by orange lights through the end of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.<br /><img src="http://www.9wsyr.com/images/common/camera.jpg" /> <a href="http://www.9wsyr.com/Photo.aspx?slideshow=5b0b04ab-5faa-4931-a0e1-3aa9058b6163" target="_blank">Photos: Downtown buildings lit up in orange</a>
Photos: Downtown buildings lit up in orange

Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- Several downtown areas will be lit by orange lights through the end of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney announced Thursday that Columbus Circle, the Courthouse, War Memorial, Everson Museum and the former Carnegie Library will be lit up in support of the Orange as they head into the Final Four this Saturday.

“As a community, we are proud of the tremendous accomplishments of our Syracuse Orange Men’s Basketball team and Coach Jim Boeheim," Mahoney said in a written release. "When visitors come downtown, they will see our true colors shining on some of our most notable buildings."

Legendary lighting designer Howard Brandston first designed the lighting project in the 90s. This is the first time the lights will shine orange.

The Empire State Building in New York City will also be celebrating the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament by shining its tower lights in each of the four teams’ colors on Saturday.

Beginning at sunset on Saturday the four sides will be lit as follows:
  • North Side: Syracuse University (orange and blue)
  • East Side: University of Michigan (navy blue and yellow)
  • South Side: University of Louisville (red and white)
  • West Side: Wichita State (yellow and black)

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