Expect Changes in Your Routine

If you're planning on attending the Michigan State opener on Saturday -- or any Notre Dame home football game this season -- expect some changes in your routine. Forget the Friday tour of the Stadium, for one thing. And don't even think about bringing a beverage into the venue on Saturday. It's life as anything but usual in South Bend as the nation's recovery process continues. IrishEyes has the report on the extra security measures that will be implemented.


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September 18, 2001

Get to Game Early
And Travel Light

By The IrishEyes.Com News Service

NOTRE DAME, Ind. (IE) – Under new security measures announced, fans at Notre Dame Stadium on Saturday will have to make some adjustments in their weekend and game-day viewing.

"We’ve had a comprehensive security plan in effect for many years," said Notre Dame director of athletics Kevin White. "However, the events of the last week have caused us to strengthen the plan even further."

While the Irish home opener against Michigan State is already significantly subdued – due to the Sept. 11 tragedy primarily and the lopsided Sept. 8 loss at Nebraska secondarily – the extra security will further affect the mood.

Among the changes:

  • Notre Dame Stadium will be in "lockdown mode" on Friday of each football weekend. The free Stadium tours on Friday – a huge hit with first-time visitors – are now history.
  • All bags and packages brought into the Stadium will be subject to search and no cans, bottles or alcohol are allowed.  With the searches, it'll be a good idea get to the gates at least one-half hour prior to kickoff.  This may mean you'll have to choose:   Give up a good location for the Marching Band step-off, or miss the opening kickoff.  Your choice.
  • The University is encouraging people to bring no bags or packages into the Stadium whatsoever. Hydrate well, then, before the game or risk missing action in what promise to be very long concession lines for beverages.
  • There will be a heightened police and security presence at the main entrance gates and throughout the areas surrounding the stadium. There will be approximately 85 uniformed city, county and campus police.
  • The University is working with the Federal Aviation Administration in an attempt to restrict air traffic around the Stadium. IrishEyes, on several occasions, has flown on commercial jets over Notre Dame Stadium, mostly while empty. It is a spectacular sight from the air.

"We’ve taken significant measures in the past to ensure the safety of everyone in attendance at our football games," said Rex Rakow, University director of security/police. "We expect our fans to feel secure at Notre Dame….(but) We would also ask all persons in attendance to take some responsibility for their own security. We would ask everybody to report anything they see out of the ordinary to an usher, police or other security personnel."

Notre Dame also announced on Tuesday afternoon that the Irish football, volleyball and soccer teams will wear American flags on their uniforms for the remainder of the season. The football team will wear the flag on the back of their helmets.


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