Posted by Tom Fornelli
Here's something that longtime Notre Dame fans who appreciate the storied tradition of the school's football program and Notre Dame Stadium aren't going to like very much. After practice on Wednesday head coach Brian Kelly got to talking about the atmosphere in South Bend on Saturday night with the stadium blasting Ozzy Osbourne seemingly every play, and fans waving towels in the air that made the place seem more like a modern football stadium than the library it's felt like at times in the past.
He also talked about some more changes he'd like to see in the stadium. Like adding a Jumbotron and some field turf.
"Eventually we want a big Jumbotron in there," Kelly told the Chicago Tribune. "We think that's something that's going to add to the atmosphere, too."
As for the field turf, it's something Kelly has brought up before, and he hasn't changed his mind.
"I think I have sprinkled that into the conversations, I don't think it's a mystery that we would like that. But it's not going to be my call. They know how I feel. I don't want to beat a dead horse, either, but it’s pretty clear we want to continue to create a great atmosphere there."
I'm not sure how the field turf would improve the atmosphere at Notre Dame Stadium, but maybe Kelly means it'll help his offense work quicker, and more points would make for a better atmosphere.
As for the Jumbotron, that notion has probably caused more than a few fans to do a spit take. At the moment, I'd think the field turf is a lot more likely to happen than that, though if Kelly's teams start winning a lot more then maybe he'll get his wish there.
Just as long as they add something besides "Crazy Train" to the stadium's play list, I'll be okay with it. Oh, and it better not be "Sandstorm."