By Brendan Mortensen SYRACUSE N.Y. (NCC News) — Pete Sala is most well known around Syracuse University for his monthly construction updates, and with good reason. Students across the campus seemingly always have a joke for the “Legend of Pete Sala.”
However, when the calendar turns to February, students should be thanking Sala for a lot more than just his monthly construction updates.
February 8th marked the return of Syracuse lacrosse. While that is a joyous occasion for ‘Cuse fans, it is all made possible because of the work of Pete Sala and his changeover team.
Throughout February and into March, the Carrier Dome is constantly changing from the basketball court to the lacrosse field.
“We have 19 of them in the month of February and the first week of March alone,” Sala said. “There’s been times when we have a basketball game at nine at night, and then a football game at noon on Saturday. That’s a very tough changeover.”
The work is long and extensive, taking upwards of seven hours according to Sala. Often times, they are working with a small crew as well.
“We ask everybody to jump in,” added Sala. “There will be times when we do them with 30 or 35 [people].”
Syracuse women’s basketball hosts NC State on the 13th of February, and both lacrosse teams welcome opponents to the Carrier Dome on the 16th.
So while you may know Pete Sala for his monthly construction updates, you should be thanking him for making sure you get to watch your favorite SU sports, too.