Senior Sports Management students recently received a first-hand look at the behind-the-scenes operations of Syracuse University’s Manley Field House and the Carrier Dome. Students taking Applied Sports Event Management and Applied Sports Media and Broadcasting courses also learned event management operations during a Division I Men’s Basketball game.
Among the highlights of the tour were visiting the ESPN production truck which was on site to live broadcast the men’s basketball between Syracuse and Boston College. ESPN producer Anthony Holeman walked the students through the truck and explained every detail that went into broadcasting a game.
The students also met with several of Syracuse University’s facility managers and given an-in-depth tour of the Carrier Dome. Starting at halftime, the students became part of the SU operations crew as they assisted in all stages of the transition to convert the Carrier Dome back to its turf flooring to ready for lacrosse games the following day. The SUNY Canton students made a memorable impression with their hard work after the game being referred to as “rock stars” by one of the SU athletic assistants.
“This was a tremendous opportunity for the students to not only see the behind the scenes operations of a major Division I program and be an active part of it,” said Diane J. Para, sports management program director. “The Carrier Dome staff members were tremendous. We can’t thank them enough for giving up their time during a very busy work night. The students were very impressed and came away with a new respect for doing that job. Learning from professionals what they have heard in the classroom is a valuable component to the learning process and we are very thankful for the opportunity afforded to the students by Carrier Dome Managing Director Peter Sala, and his staff.”
Matt Metcalf, who teaches the Sports Media and Broadcasting class in the Sports Management program echoed similar praise to the ESPN crew. “Having the students walk into an ESPN production truck an hour before going live was an incredible opportunity and the ESPN producer could not have been more gracious and accommodating,” said Metcalf.
Former Syracuse volleyball player and assistant coach Carol LaMarche, who now serves as the SUNY Canton head women’s volleyball coach, arranged the tours.
About SUNY Canton
SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier College for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The College delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management, and public service to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.