Increased security measures for Orange Madness

Fans looking to attend Orange Madness on October 18 will experience increased security measures designed to prevent incidents like the stabbing that marred last year's event.

Though season ticket holders, Syracuse University and SUNY-ESF students will receive free admission, this year, non-season ticket holders will have to buy tickets before the event.

SU officials hope that the low $5 ticket cost encourages only true fans to attend the event, without making the cost to do so unreasonable. Ticket holders will also be assigned to seats, as in game-day events.

"The security staff will really have the ability to manage folks assigned to a specific seat," said SU Chief of Public Safety Anthony Callisto. "This will hopefully minimize disputes over people getting up from their seats to get food and coming back to find someone else in them."

The new measures are a response to the stabbing incident inside the Carrier Dome that forced last year's Oarange Madness event to shut down early.

Security has since ramped up at all Dome events, where attendees must now pass through hand-held metal detectors before entering.

Syracuse police will also be on hand this year to work in conjuction with university police and peace officers.

Tickets can be purchased at the Carrier Dome box office, online at or by calling 1-888-DOME-TIX.