An email from Syracuse University's Department of Public Safety (DPS) is out to students, faculty and SU community members, with an update on what happened at the Dome during Friday night's Orange Madness event, as well as a request for information from possible witnesses.
DPS Chief Anthony Callisto says the stabbing happened during a fight on the Upper Concourse about 9:30pm. The 25 year old man was stabbed in the upper left shoulder, and the stabber fled the scene. Neither is believed affiliated with the university.
Chief Callisto says "The University has already begun to carefully review the ticketing, seating and overall plan for future Orange Madness events." Admission to Orange Madness was free, with unassigned, general seating.
There's also a call to report anything tht might help in the investigation, to Syracuse Police at 442-5222.
Here's the complete statement:
We are writing to inform the SU campus community of an incident that took place Friday night at the Orange Madness event in the Carrier Dome.
Orange Madness is the annual celebration event for the men??s and women??s basketball teams as the upcoming seasons approach. Toward the end of the event, at approximately 9:30 p.m., during a fight on the Dome concourse, a non-SU affiliated person was stabbed in the upper shoulder area by an unknown assailant, also believed to be a non-SU affiliated individual. The suspect fled the scene and there is no specific suspect information at this time. The event was subsequently ended and patrons left the Dome without further incident.
The University takes this incident very seriously. It is important to note that Orange Madness is a unique event at the Dome, as it is free to the public via general-admission entry, unlike most other ticketed events there. The University has already begun to carefully review the ticketing, seating and overall plan for future Orange Madness events.
Syracuse Police, SU Department of Public Safety, and Carrier Dome security staff work in partnership to ensure the safety and security of all patrons, and the Dome has a more than 30-year track record of hosting events in a safe and secure manner.