Thousands of Clemson fans are spending the weekend in Syracuse, with SU set to take on the Tigers at the Dome Saturday. It's SU's first game in the ACC and students and alumni are also celebrating homecoming weekend. Our Candace Hopkins spoke with Clemson fans who are excited to get the chance to experience a game at the Carrier Dome.
SYRACUSE, N.Y.--Football at the Carrier Dome is always exciting, but Saturday's matchup against Clemson will bring it to a new level. It's SU's first foray into the ACC, against a powerhouse team. And unlike the first two home games this year, the stands are expected to be nearly filled. Some Clemson fans say they jumped at the chance to experience the loud house, but they hope it isn't too loud for their team.
"That's one of the things that makes you nervous, going into a new environment and into the Dome, I think it's homecoming weekend for you guys, there should be lots of people and the Dome could get kinda rowdy, so we'll see how it goes. Hhopefully Clemson can score early and kinda quiet the fans a little," said Allison Munn.
But that will be a tough task, especially with how fired up SU's fan base is for Saturday. Clemson fans bought about 3,000 tickets for the game. With both teams sharing a signature color, the dome is bound to be a sea of orange.
Fans arrived at Hancock Airport Friday morning decked out in their team gear, carrying suitcases and a lot of confidence.
"I mean, I think they're better than people think, Syracuse is, and I think it'll be closer than people think, but I have to say, I think Clemson is going to win, but I think it'll be a good game," said Taylor Cox.
For most, it was their first time in Syracuse, but they say the long trip was worth it.
"We like away games and we like traveling with the team to give them support. Clemson is a very strong fan-based football team," said Steve Todd.
Tourism officials say games like this are the perfect chance to introduce the City of Syracuse to a whole new set of people.
"The Atlantic Coast Conference gives us that new opportunity, a new way to drive travelers, these schools have enormous fan base, we just need to make certain that we're maximizing what we can to drive that fan base into Syracuse and to educate them strong enough on all the different things to see and do while they're here," said Syracuse Convention and Visitor's Bureau President David Holder.
In hopes maybe someday those visitors will return again.
The game is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m., with homecoming festivities on the quad beforehand.