A 40-year partnership with Carrier is coming to an end for the Syracuse Orange, as the ‘Cuse has forged a new naming-rights agreement with Syracuse-based JMA Wireless.
Thus, we are saying goodbye to the Carrier Dome and saying hello to the JMA Wireless Dome, which Syracuse Orange leaders say will be referred to as the JMA Dome.
As part of this 10-year deal, JMA Wireless “will support the Dome’s digital infrastructure transformation by establishing the most advanced connectivity offerings for fans and other users while at the Dome,” according to an announcement posted Thursday on cuse.com.
At a press conference on Thursday, Syracuse University leaders and JMA Wireless officials said that their new partnership will result in the Dome possessing the most advanced 5G network found at any collegiate stadium, providing ‘Cuse fans with an unmatched connectivity experience.
What’s more, officials said that the new naming-rights partnership will serve as a pivotal recruiting advantage for Syracuse Orange sports teams moving forward.
Let’s examine the new naming-rights partner of the Syracuse Orange.
I perused around online, including on the JMA Wireless Web site, to get a better sense of what this company is all about. It appears that JMA Wireless was founded in 2012.
The company, which describes itself as a disruptive force in the wireless industry, says that it designs, codes and manufactures the world’s most advanced software-based 5G platform.
The company’s Web site says that its world headquarters is located at 7645 Henry Clay Blvd. in Liverpool, N.Y., which is about 10 miles from the ‘Cuse campus.
JMA Wireless has additional U.S. locations at 140 Cortland Ave. in Syracuse, in Deerfield, Ill., Boulder, Colo., Plano, Texas, Austin, Texas, and Glen Allen, Va., as well as overseas sites in Italy and Ireland.
The company serves a variety of industries with its innovative communications products, including real estate, sports and entertainment, hospitality, higher education, transportation, health care, manufacturing and mobile-network operators.
Per the cuse.com press release, JMA Wireless was recently selected to provide 5G equipment for SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif., which hosted the most recent Super Bowl earlier this year.
Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud said that the investment by JMA Wireless Founder and CEO John Mezzalingua in the city of Syracuse and Central New York “will pay dividends for years to come in the form of economic vitality, career opportunities for local residents and cutting-edge technology innovation taking place in our region.”
According to SU Athletics, Dome events and operations contribute more than $240 million in income to the CNY economy and support more than 5,000 jobs in the area.
Given this new naming-rights agreement, ongoing Dome renovations and upgrades, and JMA Wireless’ implementation of its 5G technology at the venue, Syverud said at Thursday’s press conference that he anticipates the $240 million in economic activity to grow substantially.