Syracuse University pulls kiss cam from Carrier Dome

In this Sept. 18, 2010, file photo, the Syracuse student section erupts during an NCAA college football game against Maine in Syracuse, N.Y. The Princeton Review’s annual rankings of campus life issue, released Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, put the Orange at No. 1 on the list of the nation’s top party schools. (AP Photo/Kevin Rivoli, File)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WIVB) — A tradition celebrated at many sporting events will no longer make appearances at Syracuse Orange games after officials at the prestigious university took a letter to the editor to heart.

A concerned fan wrote to pleading for change after witnessing something he described as horrifying. The author, who said he watched a game on Sept. 12, described a scene where multiple men and women were featured on the camera — that typically pans over ‘couples’ during games and encourages them to kiss in front of the crowd — but several women declined the kiss from a person who they clearly weren’t involved with.

The author said the men threw themselves onto the women despite the fact that the women declined the kiss. He said if the young men in the audience can’t respect the decisions of others, then the kiss camera should not be a regular feature.

Syracuse University officials agreed. Just one day after publishing the letter to the editor on, the kiss camera was not employed at a game between Syracuse and Central Michigan University.

According to, one Syracuse athletics department official said the university will take time to assess the concerns, and have suspended the kiss camera. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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