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Miami game day operations run smoothly

| Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) arrested two people at Saturday’s football game against the University of Miami, police chief Keri Kei Shibata said.

One individual was arrested for resisting law enforcement and minor consumption of alcohol, Shibata said, and the other for charges of public intoxication.

Overall, the game day went very smoothly, she added.

“It was really, obviously, a beautiful and unseasonably warm day,” she said. “People really enjoyed themselves on campus and were mostly positive.”

Senior Courtney Davis cheers on the Irish at Saturday's football game against Miami. Fans enjoyed uncharacteristically warm weather in October as Notre Dame beat the Hurricanes 30-27.Emmet Farnan | The Observer

Senior Courtney Davis cheers on the Irish at Saturday’s football game against Miami. Fans enjoyed uncharacteristically warm weather in October as Notre Dame beat the Hurricanes 30-27.

Ami Driscoll, assistant director of Game Day Operations, said there were about 100,000 people in attendance at Saturday’s game.

“The Miami game weekend went smoothly across campus with the amazing weather a plus for the end of October,” Driscoll said in an email.

Saturday also marked the 100-year anniversary of the Monogram Club, which is comprised of students and alumni who have earned varsity athletic insignia for their athletic achievements or been honorary recipients for other reasons.

The occasion brought 1,100 people — former Monogram winners and their families — to campus, Driscoll said. The 300 returning club members built a tunnel to cheer on the football team as they took the field.

The Monogram Club presented its Moose Krause Distinguished Service Award to Alan Page, a 1967 alum and former football player, for his work on the Minnesota Supreme Court and in establishing the Page Education Foundation, Driscoll said.

Driscoll said 4,465 visitors attended the Notre Dame Stadium tunnel tour Friday and 6,000 people were at the pep rally outside Hesburgh Library. On Saturday, 1,084 fans visited the LaBar Practice Complex.

All in all, Driscoll described the game day atmosphere as a “beautiful, sunny fall day with lots of energy and excitement on campus.”

Driscoll also said the campus parking lots were full by early afternoon. Traffic was eased by the University’s new “zipper parking” system, Shibata said, which was the only major logistical change made on game days this year.

In the Stadium and Joyce parking lots, individuals can park their vehicles in spots of their choosing from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. within their assigned lots. After that, cars file in and are directed by parking attendants to the next available spots.

“It makes it so the lot fills up in an orderly way, so you don’t have cars trying to weave their way through pedestrians where there’s people tailgating and stuff like that,” Shibata said. “It’s been really successful so far.”

Shibata said she does not expect any problems when the Irish face off against Virginia Tech on Nov. 19, the last home game of the football season.

“We only hope for as beautiful of a day. We’ve been really lucky so far as that’s concerned,” she said. “I expect it will be another great day.”

For more details of events across campus for the Virginia Tech game, Driscoll said fans should visit gameday.nd.edu.

“Everyone is excited for the last game of the season,” she said. “And we encourage fans, guests and our community to come out and visit campus to explore all that Notre Dame offers leading up to kickoff.”

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