Four Syracuse hotels are hosting the four teams in the East Division of the NCAA tournament this week and are giving a warm welcome. Three hotels in Carrier Circle are showing their support of the tournament with welcome NCAA banners.
The Holiday Inn lobby is decorated with signs on the walls that read “Welcome Cornell Fans.” General Manager Roger Doty says the 203-room hotel is sold out for Thursday night when Cornell plays number one Kentucky.
“Because we’re a host hotel, we know that we’re going to have more of the (Cornell) fan base staying here,” he said.
Just a parking lot away from the Holiday Inn is the Doubletree hotel where the University of Washington team is staying. With the NCAA banner in front of the building, the March Madness spirit just kept getting bigger inside it. The automatic opening doors to the lobby had paint that reads “Welcome to Syracuse’s Hoop Celebration.”
The University of Kentucky’s basketball team is staying at the Genesee Grande hotel near the SU campus, but no NCAA banner is visible from the outside.
The host hotels are certainly giving support to their host teams, but although no orange was easily seen around these hotels, the Syracuse support hasn’t disappeared.
“We’re behind Syracuse 100%,” Doty said. “We still support Syracuse. All through the tournament, we’ve had the TVs on, we’ve been watching the games, and we’ve paid attention very closely. There are some die-hard fans that actually work at this hotel.”