Tag:Notre Dame Stadium
Posted on: October 27, 2011 11:41 am
Edited on: October 27, 2011 11:43 am

Brian Kelly wants a Jumbotron and field turf

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."
Posted on: October 13, 2011 3:05 pm
Edited on: October 13, 2011 3:06 pm

Jack Swarbrick wants Notre Dame fans to get loud

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.
Posted on: September 7, 2011 11:51 am
Edited on: September 7, 2011 11:52 am

VIDEO: UFOs spotted above Notre Dame Stadium

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Saturday afternoon's game between Notre Dame and South Florida was strange enough on its own, as two lightning delays caused the game to last nearly six hours before it was finished, but it turns out that there could have been some much stranger things happening in the skies of South Bend than lightning. Yes, it seems that some people believe there were UFOs in the sky above Notre Dame Stadium during the game, and they have video proof!

Or at least they think they do. Check out the video and decide for yourself, and feel free to fast forward to about the 1:20 mark unless you want to hear some woman named Sheila tell you that she knows nothing about sports for a while.

Now, as Matt Hinton at Dr. Saturday points out, there are all kinds of logical explanations for what that was flying through the sky. During a storm all kinds of things can be sucked up into the air and float about. Still, as logical as that is, is it also not possible that Hinton is just part of the conspiracy?

Does he know that these are aliens, but he's working for the government to keep things under wraps?

Isn't it just as possible that Notre Dame is not just a national program, but a universal program? Can we really be sure it's not just sentient beings from this planet and galaxy who have their hearts broken by the Fighting Irish on Saturdays in the fall?

The truth is out there or something.
Posted on: March 3, 2011 6:08 pm
Edited on: March 3, 2011 8:32 pm

Fornelli's Favorite Stadiums

Posted by Tom Fornelli

In college football, more than any other sport, the stadiums can be just as memorable as the games played within them. So as CBS Sports takes a look at the best stadiums that college football has to offer, the bloggers here at Eye On College Football share their three favorite stadiums in the country.

1. Notre Dame Stadium (University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN., capacity 80,795) Though Notre Dame hasn't had a lot of national success over the last twenty years, it's impossible to discuss the history of college football without talking about the impact Notre Dame has had on the sport. And that impact, by and large, has taken place inside Notre Dame Stadium. Knute Rockne himself had a hand in building the place, ensuring that the distance between the field and the fans in the seats was kept at a minimum. Which to this day gives fans in attendance the feeling that they're right on top of the action.

Combine that with the tradition of the school itself, the Golden Dome of the main building shining in the sun, and Touchdown Jesus himself looking down upon the stadium, and you can literally feel the history of the place while in your seat. There aren't many better places to spend a Saturday afternoon in the fall than at Notre Dame Stadium.

2. Darrell K. Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium (University of Texas, Austin, TX., capacity 100,119) Since being constructed in 1924, the stadium referred to simply as DKR as gone through many changes. Additions have been made and the name has been changed, but the thing that has remained constant throughout is that there aren't many better places to watch a college football game. In the state of Texas, football is king, and no school in the state holds the prestige as the one referred to simply as UT.

Over 100,000 people visit DKR on Saturdays to live and die with the Longhorns, and over the years they've seen four national champions. Soon DKR will be able to say it's the largest stadium in the country, as expansion in the south end zone will bring its capacity somewhere between 115,000 and 120,000. Which would make you think that there might be a few bad seats inside the stadium, but don't worry, that's what the 134-foot wide high-def screen known as Godzillatron is for. 

3. Camp Randall Stadium (University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI., capacity 80,321) The state of Wisconsin doesn't experience many earthquakes, but about six Saturdays a year, between the third and fourth quarters of a Wisconsin football game, Camp Randall Stadium shakes. This is what happens when over 80,000 people begin jumping up and down to the tune of House of Pain's "Jump Around." When the stadium isn't shaking from the crowd jumping, it feels like it is from the screams of those in attendance. Camp Randall may not be the biggest stadium in college football, but it is one of the loudest.

It's also one of the more enjoyable experiences in the sport, as the fans and students of the school love their Badgers football. So much so, in fact, that four quarters of action just isn't enough and the students partake in a "Fifth Quarter" after every home game. Those in attendance also realize how boring a regular wave is, which is why they try so many different kinds. There's the counter-clockwise, traditional wave. Then there's the slow-motion wave, the double-speed wave, the reversed wave and the two counter-rotational waves in which the entire stadium splits. It takes some practice to pull all of this off, though, which is why fans generally aren't successful until later in the season.
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