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Rethink stadium seating

Letter to the Editor | Thursday, October 12, 2006

I have read with great interest the call for the return of pep rallies to the Stepan Center. I, too, was an ND student of the 70s, and I agree the Stepan pep rally experience was great. But I just think the place is too small, and I thought the same thing back then. It is also difficult to get to for alumni, with limited parking in the area.

My recommendation is the same one I made before the first stadium pep rally last year. I knew at the time they were going to mess this up by having the players face the press box, which only has the effect of spreading fans out over the entire west side of the stadium. Please do what I suggested last year.

The players should face the tunnel, and the fans will then basically surround them on the north end of the stadium. This will create a noise experience as close as possible to Stepan, but will allow everyone to attend. And I totally agree with the person who said this dorm versus dorm thing, at a pep rally, is the dumbest idea I have ever heard of.

Good luck!

Jim Blase

alumnus

class of 1981

Oct. 11