Posted on: October 13, 2011 3:05 pm
Edited on: October 13, 2011 3:06 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
I've seen a game inside Notre Dame Stadium, and if you're a fan of college football, it's truly a wonderful place to see a game. The tradition of the sport is evident everywhere you look. That being said, it's not exactly the loudest stadium in the country, as the crowd is a bit more reserved than most.
The last time I was there I was about 15 feet away from the student section, and those kids may as well have been studying.
Well, Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick has noticed this too, and he wants to do something about it. The Irish are off this weekend, but will be hosting rival USC next Saturday, so Swarbrick took some time out to ask Notre Dame students to yell and scream like they never have before.
"We have a really important football game the Saturday you return from fall break," Swarbrick told a dining room full of students on Wednesday afternoon. "I need two things from you to make that night successful. I need your passion. I travel around with our team, and our stadium is the quietest place we play. I want you guys on that Saturday night at least once to make USC have a false start penalty."
"We haven't had a night game here in a long time because people are concerned about having a game that late and the consequences it will have on our conduct. You can solve that problem. So help us on that Saturday night to make the loudest, most raucous, but safe environment in college football."
My suggestion would be to spike the hot chocolate, but I think we all know that's not likely to happen.
I think the biggest problem here is that Notre Dame Stadium is a bowl shape. The acoustics of stadiums shaped like that don't really keep the sound inside the stadium like they do in the multi-tiered stadiums. So even if fans scream bloody murder all night long, I'm not sure they can have that large of an impact on the game.