By Adam Unger SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – Syracuse SnoCross has had to cancel its weekend-long event at the New York State Fairgrounds due to weather for the second year in a row. The event was supposed to take place on March 2 and 3.
The races were originally a part of the East Coast SnoCross circuit. Racers and teams travel throughout New York and New England from January to March, and they have been since 2010.
“SnoCross is very popular now,” Right Coast, Inc. Events Coordinator Rob O’Connor said. “My partner Jeremy and I decided to give it a shot and bring it to Syracuse. It’s never been in Syracuse before.”
Unfortunately, Syracuse experienced a week of high temperatures above freezing leading up to the event. Wednesday’s 63-degree high was over 25 degrees higher than the average on Feb. 28, per WeatherSpark.
“We didn’t expect to have 60- and 70-degree weather in February in Syracuse. Just two weeks ago, we had plenty of snow stacked up,” O’Connor said.
Syracuse wasn’t on the East Coast SnoCross schedule before the 2017 season, but that doesn’t stop both parties from being excited about what Syracuse has to offer for SnoCross.
“The Fairgrounds is a product of the reason why we were able to attract so many people because it’s a big facility,” O’Connor said. “The guys at East Coast SnoCross said that this was going to be their biggest event of the year.”
Potential can’t always lead to results. Since the event depended on the weather, there weren’t any advanced ticket sales. However, O’Connor came out on the wrong side of the risk taken by him and East Coast SnoCross.
“As a promoter, that’s a gamble that you take with the weather, no matter whether you’re doing it in the wintertime or the summertime,” O’Connor said.
In order to get the odds in his favor in the 2019 season, O’Connor is looking to change the date of the race.
“We told [East Coast SnoCross] that next year we’d really like or be in January, or the beginning of February at the latest. That’ll increase our chances dramatically,” O’Connor said.