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Even if Dome is maintained, new arena would help Syracuse

— Put into that context, the Dome has proven durable, and staying protected from Central New York’s fierce weather elements proves helpful on those nights in, say, November or March, where it can get really wet, or cold, or miserable, or all three. Also, enough updates have taken place indoors to keep the place quite functional.

It all comes down to this – what does this community want? And what does it need?

Having thought about it, the best scenario would be to do upgrades to the Dome itself – chairback seats, and perhaps a new roof. No, it isn’t cheap, but it sure is a lot cheaper than building a new stadium from scratch.

Don’t underestimate the iconic status the Dome carries beyond this area. It helps identify Syracuse beyond the cold, snowy winters, which is priceless. With the right planning, there’s every reason to think this building can prove useful for at least 20 more years.

If anything needs to be built, an arena, of 10,000 seats or so, is the best course. The Crunch do need to get out of the War Memorial, and such a venue might bring concerts to Syracuse that normally bypass this region because we don’t have an arena similar to Rochester, and not even close to the big facilities in Buffalo and Albany.

Also, such an arena could make for quite a venue for high school sports championships, both of the Section III and state variety. Volleyball, basketball, wrestling, hockey – this area could bid for all of those state championships, and have a real chance to get it.

Of course, getting such a project off the ground, or even making the necessary upgrades to keep the Dome a vibrant facility, requires something that, at times, is sorely lacking in this region – namely, a “can do” spirit.

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