Game day at the University of Notre Dame is almost upon us.
With temperatures forecasted in the high eighties and low nineties for Saturday, the university is instituting emergency heat as humidity measures. Additional EMTs, cooling off stations and water will be put in place to help those suffering from heat-related illnesses.
The university is asking people to try their best to take precautionary measures to stay cool: wearing lighter fabrics, hats, and trying to stay hydrated.
Notre Dame Security Police and fire will be patrolling the campus for safety purposes. Police ask that fans look out for one another as the say heats up. NDSP said if anyone needs assistance or medical attention to go to one of those medical stations.
Irish fans will also have to pack lighter for games this season. A new policy on bags goes into effect and aims to keep backpacks, duffels and large purses out of Notre Dame Stadium.
The change in policy was first discussed at the end of last season and became even more of a priority after the Boston marathon bombings.
“If it is questionable I would leave the bag back,” said Mike Seamon, director of game day operations. “If you’re not comfortable, don't risk it. Bring something smaller, especially in this kind of weather. It is so hot and humid, people are going to bring little clothing.”
Long-time fans are willing to adjust for the sake of safety but some said it will tough to keep all the necessary things with them while carrying just a small bag.
“It's kind of tough when you only have a small bag and you have to bring a camera and blanket in the winter,” Irish fan Bob Innocenzi said. “But, I’ll adjust.”
The exceptions to these new restrictions are diaper bags, medicine bags and small handbags. These items will be inspected by security before fans can bring them into the game.