Notre Dame Football
September 4, 2011 by staff
Notre Dame Football, Notre Dame’s football stadium was acquitted in South Bend, Indiana on Saturday at halftime of the season opener against South Florida after several lightning in the area, a university spokesman.
“Now we’re in a delayed indefinitely,” said Notre Dame spokesman Dennis Brown. “We have evacuated the stadium around 5:12 pm, right on half time.”
Brown said he had a series of lightning strikes in the area and the “vast majority of the stadium was evacuated,” although a few people left in the stands.
The university also was waiting for strong winds as a storm front passes through the area, said Brown.
“It was cloud-ground lightning within 10 miles, which is the radius of the NCAA used,” Brown said. “In fact, our ads began even prior to err on the side of caution.”
South Bend Police Captain Phil Trent of who was working traffic in the game, said a “significant” number of people leaving the stadium, but suspected that some remain to the end.
“It’s still look bad here, so we’ll see what happens,” said Trent. “It is Northern Indiana football time at all.”
South Florida was leading Notre Dame 16-0 at halftime and had not made a decision about when the game resumes. The stadium has a capacity of about 81,000.
Brown said it was the best of his memory the first time Notre Dame Stadium have been evacuated at least 60 years.
Most students initially stayed where he was in the stands despite the evacuation order, getting up only when the ushers them out. Fans waited out the storm in the concourse of the stadium and other buildings nearby university.
With his team losing, 19-year-old sophomore at Notre Dame Labetti Joey looked on the bright side for the delay.
“I sincerely hope that this is divine intervention,” said Labetti.
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