In Syracuse, Chris Carlson reports Syracuse Univ. last night "received approval from the City of Syracuse Planning Commission to move forward with its planned renovation of the Carrier Dome roof." The renovation plan "calls for the roof replacement to be done" by '20, along with "new sound and lighting systems, a new scoreboard and accessibility improvements." By '22, the school "plans to add air conditioning and improvements in concession and restroom spaces." The new roof will "replace the Carrier Dome's out-of-date air-supported roof with a new 'tension membrane roof' that will be supported by a steel 'crown-truss' structure" (Syracuse POST-STANDARD, 10/10).
SHINE BRIGHT: In Boston, Marisa Ingemi writes one "noticeable change" at TD Garden for the '18-19 NHL and NBA seasons is the "brighter lights." New LED lights "were installed, and on TV the brightness can be picked up while shadowing out part of the crowd." Bruins G Tuukka Rask said, "It's kind of like Madison Square Garden after the change they made a couple years ago." Ingemi notes Rask "hasn't noticed much of a change in fielding shots" so far (BOSTON HERALD, 10/10).
RUN IT BACK: Hoffman Estates, Ill., village board members on Monday "unanimously approved" a new three-year, $1.8M naming-rights agreement with Sears to "retain the original name of the 12-year-old Sears Centre Arena" through at least Aug. 31, 2022. The annual payments of $600,000 are the "same as the previous three-year agreement," but Sears will have a "greater promotional presence inside the 11,000-seat arena through the development of an SYW (Shop Your Way) Lounge under the new agreement" (DAILYHERALD.com, 10/9).