New Meadowlands and Syracuse strike a deal Craig Thomas
Dr. Daryl Gross, Syracuse University Director of Athletics, announced today that the New Meadowlands Stadium and Syracuse will extend their current working relationship to include 10 additional Syracuse football games.
The new agreement extends an existing partnership between the New Meadowlands Stadium and Syracuse University, adding 10 games to four previously announced match-ups with the University of Southern California in September 2012, Penn State in August 2013, Notre Dame in September 2014, and Notre Dame in September 2016. The 10 additional games will be scheduled between 2019 and 2038.
“Our games in the New Meadowlands will provide a great opportunity for alumni in the tri-state area to attend games with family and friends and for our fans in Central New York to take family and friends to New York City for a nice weekend that includes Syracuse football,” said head coach Doug Marrone. “The New Meadowlands is a state-of-the-art facility that provides a special experience for our student-athletes. For our team to play there on a regular basis in the coming years will greatly enhance to the profile of our program and the University.”
“Syracuse University appreciates the opportunity to play at the New Meadowlands Stadium, a first-class facility that also happens to be home to many of our most loyal fans,” said Gross. “Our alumni base in the New York metropolitan area is strong. Just as our fans have followed the basketball team for many years at Madison Square Garden, we expect the same dominant orange crowd support for New York’s College Team at the New Meadowlands. As the only BCS team in the state of New York, we feel it is our responsibility to represent the state and the region to the best of our ability. Playing at the New Meadowlands allows us to showcase the Syracuse brand in the most global way while generating tremendous recruiting opportunities and resources to enhance football.”
Syracuse Football first visited the Meadowlands in 1979, playing two ‘home’ games, vs. Penn. State and vs. West Virginia, when the Carrier Dome was under construction. The Orange have a 5-3 record in the Meadowlands, including three victories against Rutgers and wins against Wisconsin and West Virginia.