Over the course of the last several years, Syracuse University has taken numerous steps to transform and enhance the experience at the JMA Wireless Dome. Today, the University announced that in the months ahead it will build on that momentum with the installation of upgraded chairback seating and the introduction of new premium offerings throughout the venue. Bench seating will be replaced throughout the 100, 200 and 300 levels, resulting in added comfort and accessibility. It also means the JMA Dome will have a new seat map and revised capacities for football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s lacrosse and women’s lacrosse competitions.
“There is no doubting the enormous impact the JMA Wireless Dome Transformation Project is having on Syracuse Athletics, the five teams that call this building home and the fans who enjoy visiting and cheering on the Orange,” says John Wildhack ’80, director of athletics. “There is a lot of exciting work ahead and still many details to confirm, but Syracuse Athletics remains focused on providing an unmatched experience to our season ticket holders, donors and fans. As we continue to work through the revised seating map, we are committed to providing timely and transparent communication to our loyal supporters to ensure they continue to enjoy the level of service they have come to expect from the JMA Dome.”
Today’s announcement represents the latest milestone in a multimillion-dollar, multiyear effort, which began in 2018, to reimagine the stadium experience. Since work commenced, the University has installed a new fixed roof, the largest center-hung video scoreboard in college sports and air conditioning. It has also invested significantly in accessibility updates, lighting and sound enhancements, and the concession experience.
“Our ongoing investments to create a state-of-the-art experience have been a pivotal component of the Campus Framework and demonstrates our commitment to aligning Syracuse University’s mission and vision with its physical spaces,” says Pete Sala, vice president, chief campus facilities officer and managing director of the JMA Dome. “I am thrilled to see this transformative project continue to deliver on this promise, and excited for what these enhancements will mean for current and future generations of Orange students, student-athletes, fans and visitors.”
Of course, one of the JMA Dome’s most consequential changes, beyond its physical appearance, is its name. Earlier this year, Syracuse University and JMA Wireless, announced a 10-year naming rights partnership, marking a historic collaboration that will elevate the digital infrastructure and provide fans and other users with the most advanced 5G wireless network. When complete, the JMA Dome will be one of the most technologically advanced and digitally connected stadiums of its kind. The University and JMA Wireless previously announced they expect this work to be done ahead of the start of the 2023 football season.
As the transformation continues, Syracuse University is already looking to the future, with specific enhancements in mind. In particular, fans can expect to experience the introduction of new premium offerings, in-venue hospitality spaces, including the Kuhn Game Day Lounge presented by Hidden Level, and the eventual construction of Miron Victory Court, the latter of which will expand and redefine the JMA Dome’s footprint, connect it to the Barnes Center at The Arch and ultimately create a seamless navigational experience.
Phase two renovations and construction will begin in spring 2023 following Commencement and will be completed ahead of the 2024 football season. The University and Syracuse Athletics will continue to provide updated information regarding the timeline of the renovation, seating and capacity changes, new ticket offerings and pricing as these plans are finalized.
For the most up-to-date information on the JMA Wireless Dome Transformation Project, visit JMADome2024.com. Alumni, fans and friends can visit the website to track construction progress, access seating and pricing updates, and sign up to receive notifications about the project.