SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Syracuse University has been planning for months to make everything run smoothly for the big game this weekend.
A couple of things will help. The Dome will have people around the building guiding fans into the facility. They’ve moved the security farther away from the Dome itself when you come up from Marshall Street and through the quad. For those gates, the Dome has also been working with ESPN and ABC to make the nationwide primetime broadcast special Saturday night.
“It’s a great opportunity for our community, our University and for our program to be on the main stage which is ABC primetime game,” said John Wildhack, Syracuse University Athletic Director.
The Dome has been talking with the TV crews since July about making this game special.
“There’s going to be 36 cameras inside the facility. People are going to see the SkyCam, which we’ve never had for football. We set that up about two months ago getting ready for this event,” said Pete Sala, Managing Director of the Carrier Dome.
Sala says the ABC/ESPN team has been very creative on some new camera angles to capture every play from multiple viewpoints.
Sala said, “You see on this prime game, there’s pylon cams and ref hat cam, there’s many, many things that’ll be part of this game.”
And former ESPN executive, turned SU Athletic Director John Wildhack says the people leading the broadcast are the best in the business and will be able to capture much of the excitement happening all day outside the Dome to use during the game broadcast to make Syracuse look top-notch for this national audience.
Wildhack said, “We really want to make this a festival atmosphere and just a weekend that the entire community can really embrace and celebrate.”
There are also a lot of Syracuse connections on the TV crew, including one of the best play-by-play announcers out there and some top behind the scenes crew members.
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