The Carrier Dome holds 49,262 people and is home to the Syracuse football, basketball and lacrosse teams. In addition to sports, the Dome hosts concerts and various academic events. The most popular event is the annual Commencement ceremony and academic convocations. The Dome has been the stage for Olympic champion ice skating shows and concerts featuring Elton John, Billy Joel, Rod Stewart, Genesis, U2, the Rolling Stones and many other rock stars. It has also hosted a Billy Graham crusade and a celebration to honor the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Despite being named after an air conditioning manufacturer, the Dome is not air-conditioned. Kravec says energy costs are a major factor in that decision, as heating a space of the size of the Dome takes up a lot of resources. He also says it would be difficult to find enough space for the air conditioning units required.
When the Dome first opened, it was instantly dubbed “the Loud House” because of how loud it is inside. The Dome’s inflatable roof causes the sound to echo and amplifies, making it one of the loudest stadiums in the world.
In 2020, the Dome completed a $118 million renovation that included a new roof that is not air-supported. The move to a roof that does not need to be inflated saves the Dome money on maintenance costs and allows for more events. Those events include concerts, which have been the most popular event at the Dome since its opening.