UPDATE (March 23, 2022) — Syracuse University has once again revised its policy for events on campus. Starting Saturday March 26, attendees will no longer have to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test prior to entering the dome.

Masking protocols, which states you have to wear a mask if you have not been fully vaccinated, are still in place. Except when eating or drinking.

The dome will play host to a number of what SU calls “external events” in the coming months, including Monster Jam and the Paul McCartney concert. Public health protocols for these events will be determined and communicated by the event promoter.

Please be sure to visit cuse.com/dome ahead of the event to ensure compliance with public health protocols.

Update (March 1, 2022) — Syracuse University announced another update on their COVID-19 protocols in the Dome on Tuesday.

Beginning Wednesday, March 2, 2022, masks will no longer be required at the Carrier Dome for those who have been fully vaccinated and are over 5-years-old.

If you are vaccine exempt or haven’t been fully vaccinated, you must continue to wear masks, except when eating or drinking.

Those 5-years-old and above will still have to show either proof of full vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test to enter the stadium. Syracuse University mentions that some performers may require attendees to be masked in the future, and these incidences will be made known.

Update (February 18, 2022) — Syracuse University has updated its public health guidelines following the indoor mask mandate lifted on February 9.

The University reports that at this time, the Dome will continue to require masks at events in the stadium, except when patrons are actively eating or drinking.

The University has also changed its COVID level from “Red” to “Blue” starting Monday, Feb. 21, giving enhanced autonomy to vaccinated individuals related to indoor masking on campus.

The University is still actively adjusting its protocols and anticipating future changes.

“We are currently engaged with public health officials and other large venue operators across New York state to assess possible adjustments to our current stadium masking requirements for vaccinated individuals. Given those conversations and our continued monitoring of local conditions, we will communicate any anticipated changes to the masking policy,” says J. Michael Haynie, Vice-Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives and Innovation.

NewsChannel 9 will share future updates as they become available.

UPDATE (February 9, 2022) — Governor Hochul announced that she was lifting the indoor mask mandate in New York on Wednesday. However, Keith Kobland from Syracuse University has said that the current policies at the Carrier Dome and Syracuse University will remain “as is” as of the date and time of this update. Check back to NewsChannel 9 if this changes.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Looking forward to seeing a game in the Dome? With basketball in full swing, plus the men’s and women’s lacrosse seasons around the corner, Syracuse University has been working closely with the Onondaga County Health Department to implement public health guidelines at the Dome. For more public health information at Syracuse University, visit syracuse.edu/staysafe.

Dome COVID-19 Guidelines

  • All fans age 5 and up are required to provide proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test. Proof must be shown at the gate to secure entry to the stadium. (Newborns to age 4 do not require a vaccination or a test result to enter the facility.)
  • Masks are required for all patrons over 2 when not actively eating or drinking, while indoors at the stadium, and outdoors when in the presence of others for all events

How and where is the Dome checking my status?

Syracuse University says the most efficient method of showing your vaccination is the New York State Excelsior Pass in combination with a government issued ID, but you can also show a printed copy.

The negative test and vaccination checks will take place at the Stadium Entry Gates. New York State defines proof of full vaccination as receiving your second dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech or Moderna vaccine at least 14 days before the event you are attending. If you aren’t vaccinated, you can show a negative COVID-19 test through one of these two methods:

  • Obtain a negative PCR test from a healthcare provider within 72 hours of entry
  • Obtain a negative antigen test from a healthcare provider within 6 hours of entry

There is no onsite testing. Over-the-counter test kits are also not accepted.

What about food and drink?

Food and drink will be offered at the Dome, but will exclusively be cashless transactions. There will be no ATMs in the stadium.

Guests are permitted to bring a sealed water bottle, but all other outside food and drink is prohibited.

More Details

The Dome will continue to operate in accordance with the existing guidance and protocols given by New York State and the Onondaga County Department of Health.

Officials say those existing local public health regulations will continue to be strictly enforced at the stadium. These include:

  • Masks are required for all patrons over the age of two (vaccinated and unvaccinated) when not actively eating or drinking, while indoors at the stadium and outdoors when in the presence of others for all events.
  • Patrons displaying any COVID-19 symptoms, have been in close contact with someone that may have been exposed, or have a temperature exceeding 100.4° F are asked to stay home.
  • For safety and security, the stadium will enforce a Clear Bag Policy. Each fan is allowed one clear bag one small clutch or purse. Fans will be asked to return non-approved bags to their vehicle prior to stadium entry. Please visit the stadium entry/clear bag page for additional information.
  • Stadium staff will not accept or provide a holding area for prohibited items. Please visit the Stadium Guest Services page for more information on prohibited items.
  • Fans should enter the stadium at the designated gate on their ticket. They should arrive early to avoid delays and allow additional time to go through the entry validation process.
  • Hand sanitizer stations are available on the concourse levels.
  • Dedicated sanitizing staff are assigned to monitor and treat frequently touched surfaces.

Fans who are not able to provide proof of full vaccination or a valid negative COVID-19 test according to the conditions above will not be allowed to enter the stadium.

Fans with questions are encouraged to call 1-888-DOME-TIX or email dometix@syr.edu.