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War Memorial upgrades underway, will change Crunch fan experience forever

Howard Dolgon and Niko Tamurian put the hard hats on for the first TV tour of the War Memorial renovations underway in Syracuse (Quindell Williams)

When Syracuse Crunch fans arrive at the War Memorial for the home opener of the 25th Syracuse Crunch season, they might not recognize the "Old Barn"

That's because a multi-million dollar renovation is not just in the works anymore, construction is now underway.

Right now, the work is focused on the six luxury suites that will be built out of the wall opposite the stage area of the arena. Additionally, bathroom renovations are in progress.

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.

A win-win for sports fans and non-sports fans.

The arena will, eventually, have a new name too. Naming rights are for sale with the arena being called (new company) at War Memorial Arena.

The goal was to add modern amenities for the fan experience but not to take away from that deafening Syracuse Crunch home ice advantage the hometown hockey team enjoys especially around playoff time.

Click the video player to watch part of our tour with Dolgon on what's to come.


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