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Pittsburgh game draws massive crowds

Maddie Daly | Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Editor’s Note: This article has been edited to reflect a correction of inaccurate reporting on arrests by the Indiana State Excise Police in South Bend. 

Fans of Notre Dame and Pittsburgh flocked to campus Friday and Saturday, turning South Bend into a crowded tourist destination for the fifth home game of the season.

According to the director of game day operations Mike Seamon, everything pertaining to the game went smoothly.

“Overall it was another great home football weekend,” Seamon said.  “It was a welcome relief to have the weather cooperate all day and not interfere with any of the pre-game festivities or the game itself.”

Compared to previous home games, this one brought as many if not more fans to South Bend because of Notre Dame’s exceptional football season.

“It was definitely a busy weekend as we witnessed high numbers at all of the various events on Friday and Saturday,” Seamon said.  “The Friday tunnel tour had another big weekend with over 5,100 visitors and the pep rally had over 9,500 fans.”

The fans that came out for this game were very enthusiastic to watch their undefeated team earn another win.

“The players’ walk from the Stadium to the [Guglielmino Athletic Complex] on Saturday continues to be packed the entire length of the route with fans cheering on the team,” Seamon said.  “Part of the ND Band has added another element to this tradition as they play along the walk.”

In addition, Notre Dame Security Police issued eight arrests before and during the game.  The reasons range from public intoxication to underage consumption of alcohol.  

Also, a liquor store near campus is at risk after an officer claims to have seen the salesman sell alcohol to a minor.

Overall, Seamon said Notre Dame was an electric campus full of positive energy Saturday.

“It was another great weekend for Notre Dame,” Seamon said.  “[and it was] capped off by a big win against Pitt.”

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