Notre Dame's Shamrock Series will "take a pragmatic turn in the years ahead," as it will be "intentionally bypassed" next year, according to Eric Hansen of the SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE. Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick said, "What we’ve discovered is some on-and-off element to it makes the Shamrock Series game itself more impactful. It also finds that balance between being true to our independence and maximizing the home schedule." He noted there will be "periods of two or three years when we don’t have one, and then may have one back-to-back again.” The "refracted vision of the off-site home game concept" -- started in '09 by Swarbrick’s predecessor, Kevin White -- "won’t affect Saturday’s ninth rendition of it" at Yankee Stadium against Syracuse. A '12 agreement signed with Syracuse "predated ND’s commitment to play an average of five ACC games a year." Swarbrick said that in that earlier agreement, Syracuse officials "agreed to move two games from the Carrier Dome ... to MetLife Stadium." The implied return was a "future Irish home game to be moved in the same general vicinity." ND has "played in a Shamrock Series game every year from" '09-16. Last season was "skipped because it was the first season in refurbished/reconfigured Notre Dame Stadium upon completion of the Campus Crossroads project" (SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE, 11/12).
Syracuse's home finale on Friday drew the "largest crowd of the Dino Babers era," as a crowd of 42,797 saw the Orange beat Louisville 54-23 to complete an unbeaten slate at the Carrier Dome, according to Nate Mink of the Syracuse POST-STANDARD. The crowd "pushed SU's average attendance this year to 37,043," the school's "highest season average" since '14. Syracuse football finished the '17 season with an "average home attendance of 33,931." The "increase of more than 3,000 fans per game came in a season in which programs across the country are struggling with attendance drops, largely because of the convenience of watching games on television." Friday's game "drew the most fans that Syracuse has had in the Carrier Dome for a single game since the Orange hosted LSU" in '15. The win also saw Syracuse finish a "perfect 6-0 at home for the first time" since '01 (Syracuse POST-STANDARD, 11/10).
Colorado State's 3-7 record this season has prompted some fans to "threaten not to renew season tickets" for '19, but CSU AD Joe Parker believes that "one or two losing seasons isn’t going to have a significant impact on the university’s ability to pay off the bonds that financed the construction" of the $220M Canvas Stadium, according to Kelly Lyell of the Ft. Collins COLORADOAN. Parker said, "All the partnerships that we created around the venue are multi-year. Those aren’t going to be subjected, necessarily, to how people may or may not react to the team’s performance." Canvas Credit Union’s naming-rights deal will provide $2M a year through '32, "regardless of what the Rams’ record in any given season is." Same with the $3M CSU "receives each year from Learfield under a 12-year multimedia rights deal and the $667,000 a year an anonymous donor put up to place the name of legendary coach Sonny Lubick on the playing field for 30 years." CSU "issued revenue bonds to finance construction of the stadium with seating for 36,500 and total capacity of 41,000, that opened last fall." The annual payments on those bonds is $7.88M this year and rises to nearly $12.2M from '21-55. The expectation is the facility will "generate enough revenue annually to cover those payments." CSU President & Chancellor Tony Frank said that donor pledges of about $60M are "being deposited in a reserve fund that can be tapped to make up the difference if annual revenues fall short of the debt-service payments" (Ft. Collins COLORADOAN, 11/10).