The Syracuse Orange unveiled its new all-blue uniforms in last Saturday’s 52-17 win over Tulane to some mixed reactions (it should be noted Dr. Saturday was a fan), but that didn’t stop fans from bidding on various pieces of game-used equipment and memorabilia in an auction that followed the game, the 700th win in program history.
The top draw of the auction was a two-toned blue and orange helmet from the Tulane game, which sold for $2,020 after 26 bids.
The new-look unis and helmets for Syracuse have been a hit with the players, and Joe Giansante, the chief communications officer of Syracuse athletics, views the interest in the auction as a sign that the fanbase might be coming around.
Giansante told Syracuse.com that the athletic department hoped to make at least $500 from the auction.
“Clearly there’s a lot of demand,” Giansante said. “It’s unique, cool, interesting. It’s something neat to have in your office or to give as a gift. You’ve got to create a buzz and it’s got to be in multiple parts, from performing on the playing field to the uniforms to being and part of the community.”
Syracuse is trying to keep up the momentum from the last auction as they began auctioning off a full uniform after the helmet auction concluded. The full uniform includes a No. 17 jersey, pants, another new helmet and an official game ball from the Tulane win. The helmet and ball are both signed by SU head coach Scott Shafer.