The Carrier Dome is the most instantly recognizable part of the Syracuse skyline and is located on Syracuse University campus. Built in 1980 to replace the Archbold Stadium, the Dome serves as one of the main homes of Syracuse University Athletics, housing SU football and National Champion basketball and lacrosse teams. It is the only domed stadium in the northeast, and with 50,000 seats, is the largest structure of its kind on a college campus in the country. Syracuse University sports, especially men’s basketball, have an extremely dedicated fan base of Syracuse students and residents. The Dome holds the national on-campus attendance record for a basketball game, and attendance at single men’s basketball games and for entire seasons is often the highest in the nation.
Besides SU athletics, the Dome has hosted numerous rounds of NCAA championships in basketball, lacrosse, and track and field, as well as hosts regional and state scholastic competitions in football, soccer, and field hockey. The Dome is also venue to NBA pre-season games, community events, and concerts, including performers such as Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Frank Sinatra, Billy Joel, the Rolling Stones, U2, Rod Stewart, the Who, and Pink Floyd.
The Joseph and Shawn Lampe Athletics Complex is the headquarters of Syracuse University Athletics. The complex is located at the corner of Comstock Ave and Colvin Street in the Skytop neighborhood of Syracuse University. It includes Manley Field House; the Roy Simmons Sr. Coaching Center; the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center practice facility, which houses two practice courts, locker rooms and office facilities for the men’s and women’s basketball programs at Syracuse; a 400-meter track; the 2,700-seat Coyne Stadium; the 1,500-seat SU Soccer Stadium; the Ann and Milton Stevenson Educational Center; a state-of-the-art weight room; and grass football, lacrosse, field hockey, and soccer practice fields. In 2006 it was announced that Carmelo Anthony, the Denver Nuggets captain who won the 2003 NCAA Men Basketball Championship with Syracuse, donated $3 million towards the construction of a basketball facility planned for the complex.
Thornden Park is a 76-acre park maintained by the Syracuse Department of Parks, Recreation and Youth Programs. The park is adjoined by Ostrom Ave, Madison Street, and South Beech Street. Thornden offers many natural highlights as well a 6-lane inground swimming pool, a multi-purpose athletic field, 3 basketball courts, 5 tennis courts, a playground, and a fitness trail.
The historic E. M. Mills Memorial Rose Garden is located on the southwest end of the park. The Syracuse Rose Society has cultivated the roses since the garden was first planted in 1923 and now tends over 4,000 rose bushes in the garden. The Thornden Park Pinetum, containing a wide variety of evergreen trees, is located on the western side of the park. Thornden Park highest point is its drumlin, which features beautiful views of Syracuse. The Thornden Park Association is dedicated to maintaining the park and organizes various community events held in the park. Thornden Park is listed on the prestigious State and National Register of Historic Places as an historic designed landscape.
Forman Park is a 1.3 acre park located in between East Genesee Street, Almond Street, and Forman Avenue. Named for Joshua Forman, one of the founders of Syracuse, the park was declared a public park in 1839 when one of Forman’s friends, Lewis Hamilton Redfield, donated some of his land on East Genesee Street. In 1908, a statue was erected in honor of the two men.
Forman Park also contains a Syracuse Police Memorial. The three stones that comprise the monument are inscribed with the words Dedication, Sacrifice and Tradition and list the names of Syracuse Police Officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. Syracuse oldest tree is housed in Forman Park. The white swamp oak is over 60 feet tall and more than 100 years old.
Tennity Ice Pavilion is located on Syracuse University’s South Campus at 511 Skytop Road and features two sheets of ice: a regulation sized sheet and a smaller, studio sheet. One of the two sheets is always available for open skating whenever the building is open for business. The facility also offers summer skating programs and hockey leagues, and private skating lessons. The pavilion houses a pro shop, a skate rental shop and a skate sharpener. Special group reservations and ice rentals are available to Syracuse University affiliates. For more information, call 443-4254 or go to skate.syr.edu
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The Connective Corridor is a community-wide effort to link together the diverse array of cultural offerings Syracuse provides. Beginning at Syracuse University and ending in Armory Square, the corridor servea as a way for Syracuse residents and students to enjoy the numerous cultural venues offered in the area. Three of Syracuse’s major universities and more than 20 of its cultural venues are linked by the corridor, including the Lowe Art Gallery, Setnor Auditorium, the Community Folk Art Center, and Syracuse Stage. Many highlights of Downtown Syracuse are located on the corridor as well, including the Erie Canal Museum, the Everson Museum of Art, the Landmark Theatre, the Museum of Science and Technology, the Oncenter Complex (which includes the Civic Center, War Memorial and Convention Center), the Redhouse, and the Warehouse, home to SU’s School of Visual and Performing Arts. The Connective Corridor shuttle service is provided by Syracuse University between these areas during the school year. Walkways and bicycle paths also link the locations.