I got to the dome just about the time the Huskies did. There were a few dozen fans in purple cheering them on as they took the trek from bus to dome.
Then I walked into the building, which is as warm as billed. It's a near-perfect day outside, and certainly several degrees cooler than in here.
The place looks like the little brother of BC Place up in Vancouver -- with the semi-transparent air-suspended roof -- but much smaller. It really feels about halfway in size between the Tacoma Dome and BC Place.
It not high on charm or tradition, but they've done what they can. Some of the otherwise grey walls are decorated with orange-tinted tributes to Syracuse athletic achievements -- there's one to Jim Brown and to the school's national lacrosse championships, for example. And, of course, to the 1959 football champions. And above that, hands a large Syracuse football jersey with the No. 44, now retired in tribute to Brown, Ernie Davis and Floyd Little.
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Just after the gates were opened to the Syracuse students -- easy to spot in there purple – the Syracuse players ran across the field to interact a bit with the student section/.
Now, a few Huskies are out on the field going through very light warm ups in their purple game pants and white T-shirts.
15 MINUTES TILL KICKOFF, the teams have left the field and been replaced by the Syracuse band.
The crowd, however, is tiny as of now. The place seats about 50,000, and it seems less than half of that now. The locals day they're expecting about 30,000.
However, a lot of Husky fans traveled. There are about three sections of purple low in one end zone of what will be the top left part of your TV screen. About 60 of them were expected to be the Locker traveling party, according to Jake's dad, Scott.
FIVE MINUTES TILL KICKOFF: UW captains for the opener are UW captains were Dan Howell, Louis Rankin, Juan Garcia and Jordan Reffett.