Notre Dame has done a lot to improve the gameday experience for Notre Dame football fans who travel both near and far over the last few years. They want to do more, however, and they are looking for your help. Notre Dame is currently accepting applications to join the Notre Dame Fan Council.
Here’s an excerpt from the release
“We are continually impressed with the level of engagement and dedication from our fan council members, some of whom travel from several states away to participate,” Notre Dame Assistant Athletics Director for Marketing Brian Pracht says. “Last year’s fan council consisted of 23 members with varying backgrounds and perspectives from multiple levels of fandom. Having such a diverse group to provide input has proven valuable to us as an athletic department in meeting the needs of our national fan base.”
Similar to years past, the fan council will feature students, alumni and non-alumni—all representing a cross-section of fans from Notre Dame’s athletic programs. Members will serve for one academic year, beginning in July 2017. Meetings will cover many topics that impact fan engagement and will feature guest speakers within the Notre Dame athletics administration and coaching staff.
Notre Dame Has Been Improving the Gameday Experience
While the gameday experience at Notre Dame still needs a lot of work compared to some other major programs, enhancements have been made. None bigger – literally – than the addition of a jumbotron that will be lighting up with highlights every home game from here on out. Notre Dame started playing music in the stadium in 2011 too.
As a fan, I think the biggest thing I would like to see change/improve with the gameday experience is a more raucous atmosphere. Other stadiums – even some smaller ones – are louder and rowdier. I took my girlfriend, a Texas A&M alum, to a game last fall and one of her first comments was “it’s not that loud in here, I thought this was a big game?”
The jumbotron and enhancements to the audio system should help create that louder atmosphere. The current audio system was not put in place to handle the kind of music and sound that has been played over the last five years. That will only go so far though. Notre Dame needs to change the “down in front” mentality that still exists in Notre Dame Stadium.
Remember When Notre Dame Stadium Was Louder With Less People?
It is not impossible to get Notre Dame Stadium loud and intimidating for opposing teams. Back in 1988 when Notre Dame Stadium was still holding just over 60,0000 people, this happened.
Of course winning and putting together a much better product than what we’ve seen over the last 20 years would go a long way too, but this Fan Council can’t be expected to be miracle workers.