Public Safety Notice: Orange Madness, 10/13/2012

For the protection and safety of Syracuse University students, faculty, staff and neighbors, SU’s Department of Public Safety (DPS) releases the following message:

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.

The Syracuse City Police are actively investigating this incident and if you have any information about it, please call 315-442-5222.

Sincerely,

Chief Anthony Callisto, Director of Public Safety

Peter Sala, Senior Associate Athletics Director for Facility Operations & Carrier Dome Managing Director