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John Wildhack discusses plan for fans in Carrier Dome in 2021

Syracuse University has developed a plan that could return 1,500 fans to the Carrier Dome, athletic director John Wildhack said on a Monday radio appearance on ESPN Syracuse’s “On The Block.”

The plan needs to be approved by both the local government and New York state before it can be put into action. Wildhack specified that the plan would start with students, but if successful, could be used to return members of the general public come lacrosse season.

Syracuse’s first basketball home game while students are officially back on campus is scheduled for Feb. 13 when the men’s team plays Boston College. SU’s spring semester starts Feb. 8.

Syracuse women’s lacrosse — ranked No. 3 preseason — has its home opener scheduled on Feb. 27 against No. 6 Stony Brook, while the No. 3 ranked men’s lacrosse team has yet to release its schedule. Wildhack didn’t specify how quickly the plan could, or would, take effect.

“Syracuse University continues to have conversations with New York state about the eventual reopening of the stadium to fans, starting with students, public health permitting,” an SU spokesperson said in a Jan. 22 statement to The Daily Orange.