A record crowd is expected at the Dome this weekend for SU’s game against Villanova. And when the record falls for the biggest on-campus crowd ever at an NCAA basketball game, John Sardino plans on being there to see it happen.
But Sardino won’t be wearing any orange. He won’t even be there as a fan. Instead, he’ll be wearing his DPS captain’s uniform. Sardino, will be in charge of security at the Dome for its biggest game of the year.
Sardino said today that security is definitely going to be increased for Saturday’s night game. He said that the game’s 9 p.m. start time could affect fan behavior. “Well it increases the number of intoxicated people which is somewhat of a concern. You know that’s something that we look at,” he said.
Even with the game’s late start time and emotions running high in the arena, Sardino still doesn’t expect things to get too out of hand on Saturday. “I’m not expecting [bad fan behavior] and my experience has been by and large that our fans are there to watch the game, enjoy the competition and have a good time. We’re lucky that we deal with very few problematic people at the Dome,” he said.
Sardino has been with DPS since 1985. He’s seen the Dome filled up for everything from rock concerts to sold-out SU football games. So Saturday shouldn’t be anything new for him. “I’m expecting a good game and I’m expecting most of the fans, 99% of fans, to be into the game and there to cheer on the Syracuse Orange,” said the longtime DPS captain.
It sounds like Syracuse fans should be in good hands this Saturday with Sardino in uniform.