Athletics at Syracuse University are a very important part of student life! The sports teams are called "the Orange" but can also be called "Orangemen" and "Orangewomen." There are seven men's game day
sports which include basketball, football, lacrosse, cross country, soccer, track and field, and rowing. The eleven women's sports include basketball, cross country, field hockey, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, lacrosse, ice hockey, rowing, and volleyball. The first football game was played in 1884 against Medical College. Football games, basketball games, and lacrosse games are played in the Carrier Dome. In all of the Northeast, the Carrier Dome is the largest of its kind seating over 49,000 people. Football rivalries are Penn State, Pittsburgh, and West Virginia and the Syracuse Orange
have played each of these teams over 50 times. The Orange have won national championships in rowing, men's lacrosse, men's basketball, football, and men's cross country. With the start of Syracuse being a part of the ACC, the competition will be fierce. The Syracuse Orange
are going to need their fans behind them to support them in their new venture against new teams! SidelineSweetie.com has plenty of dresses in orange to help you dress for the next game day. Since blue and white are often paired with the orange on sports uniforms, you can also find printed orange, blue, and white dresses. Tailgate Couture by Shaye Blue
is sure to have a dress in your school colors and for whatever the weather in New York throws you!! A fun fact is that the original school colors were rose pink and pea green!! YUCK! It was not until 1890 that the official school color became orange. Because of the color orange, the mascot, Otto the Orange was formed. Otto is fairly new to the university. Originally the mascot was a Saltine Warrior, which was a Native American warrior. Legend has it that the Saltine Warrior was used because a archeological dig was done on campus and the remains of a Native American warrior was found. This story was found to be false but the mascot stayed! In 1978, the Native American warrior mascot was banned and a roman warrior was adopted. It was not until 1982 that Otto the Orange
became the unofficial mascot, but it was made official in 1995.
Currently, there are over 240,000 living alumni. All 50 states and over 160 countries are represented. Some notable alumni are Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden, Dick Clark, Vanessa Williams, and Taye Diggs. There are several alumni who are NFL football players like Donovan McNabb, Dwight Freeney, Tim Green, Darryl Johnston, Jim Brown, Floyd Little, and Kyle Johnson. Other alumni include Heisman Trophy winners, Pulitzer prize winners, a commander of a space shuttle, musicians, a member of the Saudi royal family, broadcasters, NBA players, and the inventor of the first artificial heart that was used for implantation in humans! Clearly, Syracuse University is a place of high standards in education and athletics.