Oswego to Play Utica College in the Frozen Dome Classic
The Oswego State men's ice hockey team has been included in a historic tripleheader of games known as the "Frozen Dome Classic," at Syracuse University's Carrier Dome on Saturday, Nov. 22, which will be hosted by the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League (AHL). Oswego will play a contest against Utica College in the afternoon, followed by a Crunch game against the Utica Comets. Also playing prior to those two games will be law enforcement agencies from both the Syracuse and Utica areas.
"Four years ago the Syracuse Crunch staged the first outdoor game in American Hockey League history, attended by a record-setting crowd," said Crunch owner Howard Dolgon. "On Nov. 22 we will once again make history by playing the first-ever professional hockey game in the iconic Carrier Dome, a facility that has hosted numerous major sporting and entertainment events. We greatly appreciate the partnership with Syracuse University and plan on doing everything we can to put on a first-class show."
The ice rink will be set up similarly to the Carrier Dome's basketball configuration. Using this layout, the renowned Carrier Dome can seat more than 30,000 fans. The Carrier Dome is well-accustomed to hosting large crowds. Since 1983 the Dome has broken the NCAA's men's basketball on-campus attendance record 14 times, most recently when the Syracuse Orange hosted the Duke Blue Devils on Feb. 1, 2014, and 35,446 fans attended.
"We are very thankful to the Syracuse Crunch and Mr. Dolgon for giving Oswego State the opportunity to partake in this historic event," said Lakers' head coach Ed Gosek ’83 M’01. "It will be an honor to be a part of this day and to have another classic battle with Utica College."
The Crunch and Comets will attempt to break the AHL's single-game indoor attendance record that was set on Jan. 18, 1997, when 20,672 fans watched as Carolina beat Kentucky 5-4 at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C. That is the fourth largest regular season crowd to view an AHL game, as outdoor games take the first three spots, including the Crunch's 2-1 win over Binghamton on Feb. 20, 2010, at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, N.Y.
Discounted tickets are available at just $25 to Oswego alumni and friends through the Oswego Alumni Association. Tickets will grant admission to all three exciting games. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: alumni.oswego.edu/frozendomeclassic.
— Oswego Athletics