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Better seats, a better football experience

Robert McKeon | Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Sure, I appreciated the practice Coach Weis put on for us on Sunday, and I want to thank him. I like how he wants to get the student body more involved.

At Texas A&M, they have a powerhouse of a student section. In part, it is due to being spread from goal line to goal line so that no matter where the players are, they are always close to the student body, that sea of maroon.

I know where the students sit probably isn’t decided by our coach, but I thought I’d ask not only our coach, but our athletic department, if it may be possible to have the Notre Dame student body spread out goal line to goal line in order to better support our team?

We could have our sea of green. We could be a part of the team rather than apart from it by half of the stadium. We could be behind our players, literally, cheering them on. As Coach Weis said during the Sunday practice, he considers the student body a part of the football team in the same way he considers the football team a part of the student body.

So let’s do that. Let’s get some better student seats. We don’t have to earn those seats – they were earned by our admission into the University.

I know that’s a lot to ask. I’m not sure where previous years have sat at the games, but I think having better seats will give the student body, as well as the football team, that much more encouragement by being able to see our support for our team. This would especially be true when the away team has a large contingency, which is usually at the end zone opposite the Notre Dame student body.

I again want to thank you, Coach Weis. I believe, no matter where I’m sitting, that you are a fantastic coach with a wonderful holistic approach that makes me feel, win or lose, that I’ve had a great time.

Robert McKeon

graduate student

Fischer Graduate Residence

Aug. 28