Last March, when the Super Dome hosted the Final Four, I made the trek to the top of that 77,000-seat football stadium to chat with the owners of perhaps the worst end zone seats in the venue.
Believe it or not, the view from those seats may not be as bad as what some Syracuse fans will experience Saturday.
The above photo is from a video shot by the Syracuse Post-Standard earlier this week from the upper-deck section furthest from the court at the Carrier Dome. Section 332 will be jam-packed Saturday when a record crowd of more than 35,000 fans pack the Carrier Dome to watch the retirement of Carmelo Anthony's jersey and one of the final games between Syracuse and Georgetown as Big East rivals.
Syracuse announced Tuesday that all tickets have been purchased, only the second time the school has ever declared a game at the Carrier Dome an advance sellout. The Orange added some extra seats in order to break its own attendance record set Feb. 27 when 34,616 fans filled the Carrier Dome to watch Syracuse battle Villanova.
Donna Ditota, Syracuse beat writer for the Post-Standard, brought guard Michael Carter-Williams and forward C.J. Fair to the upper deck of the Carrier Dome to provide them a firsthand glimpse of how their most diehard fans will see the game.
"It was tiring walking up all these stairs," Carter Williams said with a smile. "It is pretty amazing. I definitely appreciate all the fans coming all the way up here and watching. But I have to say, it's not as bad as I thought it would be. You can still see clearly. You can still see the full court."