TAMPA — USF is strongly considering moving its Feb. 5 home men's basketball game against Syracuse from the Sun Dome to the St. Pete Times Forum.
Syracuse has drawn some of USF's biggest home crowds since the Bulls joined the Big East in 2005, including 8,350 when the Orange last played in Tampa in January 2009.
The Bulls have played in the Times Forum twice since joining the Big East, facing Wake Forest in December 2006 and West Virginia in January 2008, drawing an announced crowd of more than 12,000 fans for both games.
USF also has a home women's basketball game against Notre Dame scheduled for Feb. 5, but officials haven't decided if that game would be held in the Sun Dome or downtown to coincide with the men's game. An announcement is expected to be made shortly.
The Times Forum will play host to second- and third-round games in the NCAA Tournament in March, and the arena had scheduled an NBA preseason game between the Magic and Heat in October to prepare for the postseason games. That game was canceled just before tipoff due to unplayable conditions from condensation on the floor, caused by an oil-based cleaning solution applied to the court.