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Syracuse University replacing Carrier Dome’s inflatable roof

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Syracuse University will replace the Carrier Dome’s inflatable roof with a permanent structure as part of a plan to renovate the 36-year-old stadium and another campus athletic facility.

University officials announced Monday that it will cost an estimated $105 million to replace the dome’s iconic “white pillows” with a roof built constructed with ETFE, a space-age transparent plastic that lets in light.

The stadium, opened in 1980, is home to Syracuse’s basketball, football and lacrosse programs. University officials say they hope to avoid moving any games while the new roof is constructed.

The university will also make improvement to Archbold Gymnasium, a 108-year-old building that houses recreational and workout facilities.

Officials say the upgrades will cost at least $255 million. A timeline for the project has yet to be finalized.