JMA Wireless Dome
The JMA Wireless Dome officially took over as the name of Syracuse University’s sports and entertainment venue with an announcement on May 19, 2022.
Carrier Corporation contributed a $2.75m naming gift over 40 years ago to help build the new facility. The name rights deal was one of the first of its kind and has long thought to be one of the worst deals in sports history as the naming rights were meant to continue in perpetuity. For comparison, Syracuse ACC foe NC State recently reached a 20-year agreement with PNC Bank worth $80 million.
Neither Syracuse University or JMA Wireless have disclosed the financial aspects of the new agreement.
The Carrier Dome’s storied history includes being the home to Syracuse University Men’s Basketball, Football, Lacrosse and the Women’s Basketball and Lacrosse teams. In 2002, the basketball court was named after Men’s Basketball Coach Jim Boeheim while in 2009, the football field turf was dedicated to Heisman Trophy winner Ernie Davis.
Located in Syracuse, JMA Wireless delivers secure networks for consumers and businesses for mobile connectivity. JMA Wireless created the first fully virtualized RAN for carrier and private networks and the United State’s first indoor 5G millimeter wave radio. The company has worked on a number of stadium projects including Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee and Stadio Olimpico in Rome.
The founder and CEO of JMA Wireless is John Mezzalingua. Mezzalingua resides in Skaneateles, where he paid over $19m to build his 5-kitchen lakeside mansion. As of 2021, Syracuse.com reports that the value of the property increased to over $29m.
In it’s press release announcing the new naming righs deal, Syracuse Chancellor Kent Syverud thanked Mezzalingua for his partnership: “With JMA Wireless as our new naming partner, our campus community, student-athletes and fans alike can expect a world-class event experience, unlike anything they’ve ever seen before at Syracuse University. I am grateful to JMA Founder and CEO John Mezzalingua for his partnership and vision.”
“You’d have to live in a cave not to know about the Carrier Dome. It put Syracuse on the map.”Dick Vitale