SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - New excitement is coming to Downtown Syracuse this football season!
Every home game, you can expect the block in front of the Marriott Syracuse Downtown to be closed down for a pre-game tailgate.
The plan is for Warren Street between Harrison and East Onondaga to be closed off and filled with food trucks, an outdoor bar, and live music.
With all the excitement, organizer expect crowds of people which could mean a boom in business for that area.
The block parties are happening for the 3 hours leading up to all 7 Syracuse football home games.
"Brings some of the excitement of SU football and SU athletics down to Downtown, which hasn't been here in a few years, so it's time to come back and that's what we're doing," says Ed Riley, proprietor of the Marriott Syracuse Downtown.
The hotel is now the official hotel of SU athletics. They even painted an orange line on Warren Street to prove it.
Riley says this continues the rebirth of Downtown, and they're celebrating with the tailgates this fall.
"We see people being exposed, we see Downtown continuing to grow to the South and the West and engaging with the university. We're 7 blocks away from the university so it's right around the corner for us," adds Riley.
With a tailgate like that, it's obvious that the bars and restaurants will see a boom in business, but just across the street is the Syracuse Technology Garden which also believes they will see benefits from the event.
"We hope that even at the Tech Garden we get exposure and people say 'hey what's going on in there?' This is a business incubator and we're promoting businesses and those businesses can then spill out in to Downtown so the exposure for us will be great," says Tech Garden manager Rick Clonan.
To make things easier, the block parties will be complete with a shuttle from the hotel to the Dome at game time.
The first tailgate is planned for Friday, Sept. 1 from 4-7pm. Cuse takes on Central Connecticut State that night.
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