SYRACUSE, N.Y.--SU fans packed the campus Saturday, as their beloved Orange took on Clemson. There was excitement in the air hours before the game. Fans knew it would be a tough one, but say no matter who the opponent is, they are here for their team.
"It's just a blast, I just come up here and have fun, gotta get nice and primed, as Coach Shafer says, get juiced, be loud and have a blast", said Mark Sapka.
Inside the packed parking lots, feisty fans served up lunch, tossed around the football, and partied with loved ones.
"We're here with three generations, our daughter and her husband and our grand baby, my family, my brothers and sisters, and families and friends, and we're just having a good time", said Cindy Dowd Greene.
The Dowd family are super Syracuse fans. Most of them were here. Baby Ann got her first trip to the Dome, and brother Rick drove in all the way from Boston.
"My whole family lives in Syracuse, and we decided this summer that we were coming to this opener of the ACC against Clemson, we're gonna lock the doors, so I drove up yesterday, big game and really excited to have Syracuse in the ACC and playing teams like Clemson", said Rick Dowd.
The party spanned all the way up to the quad, where fans were treated to a performance by the drum line, and got a look at the band's brand new uniforms.
"We all decided with SU entering the ACC, we had a real opportunity to update the band's look, and make it look as good as it sounds, and we pride ourselves as being the authentic sound of college sports and now we're the authentic look of college sports", said SU Director of Athletic Bands Justin Mertz.
And while in the end Clemson proved to be too much for the Orange, nearly 49,000 fans showed up, to show their SU Pride.
Unless you're planning to travel to North Carolina next week, you'll have to catch the Orange on tv. They will be taking on North Carolina State.