Room for improvement in Notre Dame stands

While there may be a buzz all over town on game days, the energy inside Notre Dame stadium tends to be at the heart of the student section. But what about the rest of the fans?

Athletic director Jack Swarbrick spoke to students last week before they left for fall break and encouraged them to be as loud as they can during the game against USC.

But, some of the students said they think it is the rest of the stadium that needs to get louder to show the team its support up and down the field.

While only raindrops could be heard on Notre Dame's campus Wednesday, Irish fans like Andrew Heldrich are already looking forward to the roar of the crowd on game day.

“It’s really exciting, really loud in the student section,” Heldrich said. “There's nothing else like it really.”

While the student section keeps their momentum up as the game clock ticks down, some said the rest of the stadium can show some more spirit.

“You do see a difference,” Heldrich said. “Sometimes you wish the other fans were as spirited as you are.”

“They're not always playing in front of the student section,” Allie Kuhl said. “So, it would be nice to have that same support no matter where the football players are on the field.”

For some long-time fans, the team spirit has not waned. But, they have noted cheering too much in the stands can garner some disapproval.

“I’d have people when i was trying to cheer, they'd tell me to quiet down or sit down,” said Larry Jaoze, who has been going to games since he was a child.

Ushers are on hand to oversee the action in the stands, attempting to reach a balance between excitement and appropriateness.

“We don't care if you're 90 or 9, we want you to be able to enjoy the game,” said Mike Seamon, director of game day operations. “We think enthusiasm is contagious, no matter where it's coming from. We want to be able to be supportive, in a good manner, in a first class manner. We don't apologize for that.”

Seamon also said that the first night game in more than 20 years can re-ignite the excitement in some of the fans.

“We totally want this to be a difficult place for USC or any team that comes into Notre Dame stadium,” Seamon said. “So, we will try to light up the energy that night.”

Seamon also said that there will be more staff working on Saturday both in the tailgating lots and the stadium. They will not be allowing anyone that is too intoxicated into the stadium.

If you have any issues at the stadium, you can text IRISH 69050.

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