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ESF and OCC Face Off in Battle in the Dome

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Feb. 22, 2024 – The JMA Wireless Dome will be lit up green Sunday, Feb. 25 when the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry’s (ESF) Mighty Oaks basketball team takes on Onondaga Community College.

The Battle at the Dome tips off at 7 p.m. as the two SUNY men’s teams go head-to-head. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the free-admission game.

“We’re so excited to be in the Loud House and give this opportunity to the student-athletes of ESF and OCC,” said Dan Ramin, ESF Athletic Director. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime memory. The Dome is such a part of the Syracuse landscape and to be able to say you competed there is an honor.”

ESF senior Christian Rossi grew up in Camillus, 10 miles west of Syracuse, playing high school ball for West Genesee High School. For the construction management major, the Dome has always been part of the sports landscape.

“Playing in the Dome is a great experience that my teammates and I are fortunate to have,” said Rossi. “We look forward to the Dome game all year, and I’m very appreciative to have the chance to play there in my senior year.”

With both teams being able to boast a home-court advantage, Ramin expects the crowd to be particularly energetic this year. “We’ll have a lot of local talent on the court from both teams and local fans to fill the stands.”


The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) is dedicated to the study of the environment, developing renewable technologies, and building a sustainable and resilient future through design, policy, and management of the environment and natural resources. Members of the College community share a passion for protecting the health of the planet and a deep commitment to the rigorous application of science to improve the way humans interact with the world. The College offers academic programs ranging from the associate of applied science to the Doctor of Philosophy. ESF students live, study and do research on the main campus in Syracuse, N.Y., and on 25,000 acres of field stations in a variety of ecosystems across the state.