SU fans brave the rain to root on the Orange
Syracuse University football traveled to MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on Saturday to take on USC in the second game of their season. Despite being in the Garden State, the match up was considered a home game, which led to many fans watching the games at bars and even Alliance Bank Stadium. As our Candace Hopkins found out, there were mixed feelings about the home game being on the road.
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Despite a dreary, wet day, a few brave fans gathered at Alliance Bank Stadium Saturday afternoon, to take in the SU-USC match up.
"It's like going to a football game outdoors, here obviously the crowd's not as big, but it's a football atmosphere. I love being out at the games, rain, snow, sun, you name it, it doesn't matter", said Rich Jerard, Saratoga resident Rich Jerard.
The stadium opened up its doors to anyone wanting to cheer on the Orange, and offered a laid back atmosphere for both adults and kids.
"I came all the way up here from Rochester, New York to spend time with my family and we came up to watch the game," said Kenneth Williams, Rochester resident. "We're all Syracuse fans, whether it's football or basketball."
The crowd was much smaller than expected due to the nasty weather, and while the fans still managed to have a good time, many here said there was somewhere else they would rather be.
"It would be much better if it was over at the Carrier Dome. I think the crowd does have a big effect when the games take place, not that it's not gonna be a crowd there for SU, but I think it would be more fun", suggested Jerard.
The match up was considered a home game despite being at MetLife Stadium, which means one less game this year up on the hill.
Over in Liverpool, another group of fans packed Tully's to take in the action, and some actually supported the venue change, like Syracuse resident Dannie Gauthier.
"For SU's football program this is great, that they could be in an NFL stadium, and that they get publicity playing the second ranked college team in the nation, so I think it's great," said Gauthier.
Les Gillett, who says he and friends always watch the SU games at Tully's, agreed."You don't see all the people here today because of it, but it's good for recruiting."
In the end, SU lost 42-29, but walked away with a lot of exposure. SU is locked in to play at MetLife Stadium again next year and in 2014, taking on Notre Dame in both games.