After years of careful planning and hundreds of community stakeholder meetings, Syracuse University kicked off it’s historic, $118 million stadium renovation project in the summer of 2019.

Home of the Syracuse Orange, the Dome opened its doors in 1980 to host Syracuse University’s football, basketball, and lacrosse programs as well as outside events including concerts, Monster Jam, and much more.

O’Connell Electric is proud to have continued our long-term relationship with Syracuse University by providing electrical services for this ambitious project which included installing a permanent roof, a vertically hung scoreboard, air conditioning, state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems, wireless internet and other amenities to provide an unforgettable experience to its athletes and nearly 50,000 cheering fans.

A unique, state-of-the-art, custom lighting design was planned to truly express that the stadium will be a feature arena for NCAA sports and regional event. O’Connell Electric installed hundreds of LED fixtures designed to take the fan experience to a whole new level. These unique lights offer unparalleled capabilities to use full-spectrum color flooding to create thrilling, custom effects to make the excitement of the lighting second only to that of the game.

A look at the Stadium renovation project by the numbers:

  • 8 million pounds of steel was used to construct the new roof (~4,000 tons)
  • Nearly three acres of fabric was used for the center portion of the roof.
  • 62.5 feet by 20 feet – the height and width of each of the four sides of the new scoreboard, which will also feature four concave corner boards and a 6-foot ribbon board that wraps around the bottom of the scoreboard.
  • 7,700 tons of snow—the weight this new roof was designed to hold.
  • 280 people working on the project site during the busiest days of the project.