Smoke-Breathing Dragon.

Smoke-Breathing Dragon

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Cortland, New York

Financed and built by SUNY Cortland alumni, a 26-foot-long dragon was unveiled outside the university's football/soccer stadium in September 2017 -- mascot of the SUNY Cortland Red Dragon sports teams. Designed by art department lecturer Scott Oldfield, the dragon belches smoke whenever the home team scores. A camera trained on the dragon broadcasts the belch to cheering fans inside the stadium.

Mike Vela, who put up most of the money for the dragon, originally wanted it to breath fire, but that proved impractical.

Smoke-Breathing Dragon

Address:
17 Lankler Drive, Cortland, NY
Directions:
Southwest of downtown. From NY-281/West Rd turn east at the stoplight onto Lankler Drive, onto the SUNY Cortland campus. Drive a quarter-mile. You'll see the football stadium on the right; the dragon is in front of its entrance, next to the road.
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