When Purdue travels to Notre Dame Saturday for their first game inside Notre Dame Stadium in nine years they’ll be doing so without their massive drum. It will be the first time Purdue’s drum will miss a performance since 1979.
According to Gregg Doyle of the Indianapolis Star, Notre Dame will not let Purdue’s band access to the main tunnel and the drum is too large to fit in the visitors tunnel.
Good for Notre Dame.
Is it the ultimate level of petty? If not it’s close but regardless I’m all for it.
Ushers are overly friendly at Notre Dame Stadium and give each visitor the “Welcome to Notre Dame” but I’ve long been tired of the lack of a home field advantage the stadium seemed to create. For being an iconic venue Notre Dame’s home turf long provided a minimal home field advantage.
That was the case when Purdue last visited the stadium in 2012 but with renovations the entire feel of a Notre Dame home game has changed. There’s a video board and actual sound system and the hosts stick the opposing band up in an upper corner to have less of an affect. I’m for all of it and using the fancy sound system to drown out the opposing band whenever they do play in-game.
Do you want a real home field advantage or do you want a happy-go-lucky sight seeing tour?
Happy Anniversary to the World’s Largest Drum! Too bad @NDFootball won’t let it on the field this weekend…👀 #boilerup #hammerdown #letsplayfootball #purdue #collegemarching #notredame https://t.co/sUiBmDb5bx
— Purdue Bands & Orchestras (@PurdueBands) September 16, 2021
I’m not crazy enough to think the drum makes any sort of difference for the engagement of the guests but I’m all for the recent trend to not cater to opponents at every turn. This falls right into that.
On top of all this can we agree that the giant drum is actually pretty dull?
In terms of coolest college football traditions the drum has to rank somewhere in the mid-200’s at best. Seeing it essentially brings the equal level of unsatisfied you felt if you ever stood in line to see the Liberty Bell in person.
All that hype and wait for this?
Sorry you don’t get to bang your drum this weekend, Purdue.
Actually, not really.
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