SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The Carrier Dome at Syracuse is getting a makeover that will include a new fixed roof and air conditioning.
The university's board of trustees has authorized $118 million for improvements to the dome, the school announced Monday. The money also will be used for a vertically hung scoreboard, state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems, and improved internet access. More than $6 million will go toward making the facility more accessible to the handicapped.
Construction will begin this summer, and the first phase is scheduled to be completed in fall 2020. Air conditioning and other improvements are expected to be completed two years later.
Football, basketball and lacrosse seasons will not be affected by the work, which will be put up for bid.
The Carrier Dome, which has an air-supported roof, opened in 1980 and cost $25.6 million.