October 17, 2009
Admittedly, when World Wrestling Entertainment announced their first Carrier Dome event in Syracuse, NY, would not be televised, I was skeptical. The company had been battling with Syracuse University for the right to use the 49,000-seat venue for more than a decade, and for what, a house show? But then the card was unveiled, and it would now appear that the Vince McMahon might be "testing" what type of interest level Syracuse, NY, truly has for his product.
All previous WWE shows in the salt city had been housed by the War Memorial at OnCenter, an 8,000-seat venue that is roughly half the size of most arenas WWE Superstars perform in. The Dome seats upwards of 33,000 for a basketball game and will use the same setup for the WWE show they use for hoops.
However, the ticketmaster.com event page shows the 300 level of the facility grayed out, meaning they are only selling seats on the floor, the 100 level, and the 200 level. One would imagine the 300-level tickets could become available should the initial offering of tickets sell out in a short amount of time.
All of the big names will be there: Triple H, Shawn Michaels, John Cena, Randy Orton, and Chris Jericho will be the headliners breaking the Dome's sports-entertainment seal on Dec. 30. Tickets went on sale at 10 A.M. Saturday, both at the Dome box office and online. The WWE is undoubtedly keeping an eye on ticket sales and wondering what the future may hold for professional wrestling in Syracuse.
Central New York hasn't been home to a televised WWE event in 11 years, but that could change with the Dome now at McMahon's disposal.
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