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War Memorial Arena Renovations Underway

Syracuse Crunch

The Syracuse Crunch (AHL) will be able to offer new amenities at their home venue this fall, as War Memorial Arena renovations are underway. 

When the 2018-19 AHL season begins, War Memorial Arena will offer some new features as the result of a multi-million dollar renovation project. Those include six new luxury suites opposite the arena stage, along with several technology upgrades, improvements to the lighting, and renovations to areas such as the restrooms.

With these renovations, War Memorial Arena should not only be modernized for hockey but could be better positioned to bring more events to Syracuse. More from

When it’s all said and done, the arena will have a new scoreboard and videoboard, ribbon lighting surrounding the seats, even state of the art lightning from Ephesus.

Oh, and the marquee outside will be digital.

As team owner Howard Dolgon puts it, the arena is joining the 21st century as far as sports arenas are concerned.

Dolgon is quick to point out, while his hockey club is the primary tenant of the building, the upgrades will attract other sporting events and shows to the War Memorial.

War Memorial Arena originally opened in 1951, and has been home to the Crunch since 1994. A search has been underway to find a naming-rights partner for the facility, but any agreement would leave the War Memorial name in some form. There have been other examples of teams and local governments leaving the War Memorial aspect of a name intact after the sale of naming rights, with one example being a fellow AHL arena in Rochester’s Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial.

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