SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — Sir Paul McCartney is coming to Syracuse this weekend and will be the first performer inside the newly renamed JMA Wireless Dome.
With a near sellout crowd, security procedures were a focal point in the preparation for the concert.
“We’re very fortunate,” said Syracuse University Vice President and Chief Facilities Officer Pete Sala. “We have about 385 employees that will be working between ushers, ticket takers and security. Not to mention 65-85 city traffic detail that will be fully staffed.”
Over 35,000 tickets have been purchased so far. With a crowd that large and construction underway on campus, entering and exiting strategies come with challenges.
People without parking passes west of campus are encouraged to come early and park at Skytop or Manley Fieldhouse where a shuttle will take you to campus. Shuttles are free, but most parking lots come with a $25 charge.
“The day after commencement comes construction,” said Syracuse University Spokesperson Keith Kobland. “So there is the ongoing work that’s taking place that would get in the way if you’re on campus trying to get to the dome.
Parking lots open at 2 p.m. and doors to the dome will open at 6 p.m. With limited parking options and parts of campus closed off for construction, Sala is advising people to arrive early as roads will be busy, even with Syracuse police directing traffic.