SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY

August 21st, 2019 | by CollegeAD
SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY
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Syracuse University does not call its football stadium the Carrier Dome even once in its football media guide for the 2019 season, part of a systemic effort to eradicate the name of the company from the program’s literature for the coming season. The school reduced the number of references to the Carrier Dome from 64 in its 2018 media guide to zero this year, even altering an entry in a historical timeline that was dedicated to the construction of the Carrier Dome, a project to which the company contributed $2.75 million of the $26.85 million construction costs in 1979, has been adjusted to eliminate the previous mention of Carrier. “We will be contacting the university to discuss further,” Carrier Senior Director of Communications Ashley Barrie said in a statement. When asked in April if limiting the use of “Carrier” was intended to send a message to the company, Syracuse athletic director John Wildhack told a reporter from The Post-Standard that it was not. In 1979, Syracuse chancellor Melvin Eggers and Carrier CEO Melvin Holm agreed that Carrier would name the building in exchange for a portion of the construction costs. While the exact wording of the contract hasn’t been made public by either side – and is likely critically important – it has frequently been reported that the naming rights were granted “in perpetuity” and that it was a “lifetime” agreement.” – Chris Carlson, Syracuse.com, Read More

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