Syracuse, N.Y. — Syracuse football coach Dino Babers had no players in the first group he mentioned before the microphone on Saturday night.
“Really proud of Otto’s army,” Barbers said, calling out Student Su.
“The noise level was through the roof, and without a doubt, it affected a very, very special athlete in Malik Cunningham. I couldn’t be more proud of the JMA (Wireless Dome) vibe.”
SU defeated Louisville 31-7 in Saturday’s season opener in front of a declared 37,110.
When it comes to the recent Syracuse home opener, this attendance was in the middle.
That’s higher than last year’s home opener against Rutgers.
The Orange’s most played home opener since 2000 was its 2019 game against No. 1 Clemson. Although the game ended in a 41-6 loss to Syracuse, it was still packed with 50,248 spectators.
Syracuse (1-0, 1-0 ACC) travel to Connecticut (0-1) next week before heading home to face Purdue on Sept. 17.
Played in home openers since 2000 (sorted by crowd size)
2019 vs. Clemson; 50,248
2009 vs. Minnesota; 48,617
2005 vs. West Virginia; 45,418
2014 v Villanova; 41,189
2011 vs. Wake Forest; 40,833
2000 vs. Buffalo; 40,634
2007 vs. Washington; 40,329
2002 vs. North Carolina; 39,444
2003 vs. Louisville; 38,550
2012 with Northwestern University; 37,830
2010 vs. Maine; 37,758
2006 vs. Iowa State; 37,199
2022 v Louisville; 37,110
2001 vs. Central Florida; 35,938
2013 vs. Wagner; 33,299
2004 v Cincinnati; 32,893
2021 vs. Rutgers; 31,941
2008 vs. Akron; 31,808
2016 to Colgate; 31,336
2017 vs. Central Connecticut; 30,273
2015 vs. Rhode Island; 30,112
2018 vs. Wagner; 29,395
2020 vs. Georgia Tech; 0* *No fans in attendance due to Covid
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