Seven years ago, Pete Sala, Syracuse University’s chief facilities officer, had an idea to increase the use of the Carrier Dome and house events outside of SU Athletics.
At the time, Monster Jam, a traveling monster truck exhibition, hosted an annual outdoor event at the nearby New York State Fairgrounds. Sala combined his enjoyment for the event with his desire to expand the Dome’s use to create a new tradition: Monster Jam in the Carrier Dome.
Sala worked in connection with Feld Entertainment to bring Monster Jam into the Dome. The two sides met in the summer of 2011 and agreed the stadium could handle the makeover and turnover required to pull off that type of event.
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SPM 205 students learn about Carrier Dome operations from Dome manager Pete Sala as the Monster Trucks roll into town pic.twitter.com/jAmxyG82oC
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