For the second Saturday in a row the Syracuse Chiefs will be hosting a huge event at NBT Bank Stadium but this weekend it will have nothing to do with baseball.
With the team on the road, the ball club will host “Big Time Wrestling” Saturday evening.
The event will feature WWE Hall of Famer “Sting” along with wrestling greats Scott “Big Poppa Pump” Steiner and Billy Gunn.
It is the first time in nearly a decade that the Chiefs will be opening up the stadium for a huge event other than baseball.
Chiefs GM Jason Smorol tells NewsChannel 9, “Well I think it’s an event, it’s something different. You don’t get to see wrestling outside, you don’t get to see professional wrestling a lot so there’s a lot of big names, it’s a unique event, it’s a way for us to showcase what else we can do here at the stadium and at the same time it’s not extensively hard on the field.”
The ring will be positioned right over home plate with a few hundred seats placed right around it.
The remainder of the crowd will sit nearby in the stands between the two dugouts.
Smorol says, “So we want to make sure that on Tuesday we’re able to play baseball, so it’s a very easy event as far as execution from building the ring here on the field to a quick turnaround to get back to the baseball business next week.”
Running the Chiefs isn’t all about baseball it also means managing NBT Bank Stadium Smorol says.
“Events have to be profitable, we’re not in this to lose money so this is a targeted, ticketed event. We have a great partnership so far with BTW Wrestling, if it works out its going to be very good for the stadium and very good for the Chiefs,” he said.