UPDATE: There was extra controversy Friday. Purdue spokesman Aaron Yoder instructed ESPN the band deliberate to deliver the drum to South Bend and maintain it outdoors the stadium for followers to “get pleasure from.” A Notre Dame official instructed ESPN that Purdue hadn’t requested for permission to do this and Notre Dame did not consider the drum can be delivered to campus.
Because the Purdue soccer group and marching band make their strategy to Notre Dame this weekend for his or her Saturday afternoon matchup, one particular member of the Boilermakers’ group can be absent: the band’s 100-year-old Massive Bass Drum.
This would be the first time since 1979 that the drum hasn’t accompanied the band for a efficiency.
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Purdue final performed at Notre Dame in 2012, however since then, Notre Dame has stopped permitting visiting bands to make use of the principle entrance to Notre Dame Stadium. So why can’t Purdue simply deliver the drum via the lately created guests’ entrance? Nicely, the drum is the “Largest Drum within the World” at 7 toes, 3 inches in diameter and three toes, 9 inches extensive. That is too large for the doorway.
Overlook the press bins and the brand new seating — the tiny, cramped, uncomfortable guests’ tunnel is definitely the very best a part of the latest Notre Stadium renovations. As a substitute of charging out of the principle tunnel, opponents must shuffle gingerly out of this architectural masterpiece.☘️ https://t.co/VzCuHzJYWP pic.twitter.com/841iF5wV35
— Fr. Mike Palmer, CSC (@mppcsc) September 16, 2021
One other difficulty is that Notre Dame doesn’t permit discipline entry anymore to visiting bands aside from for halftime performances, so Purdue can’t do its typical run via the sector earlier than the sport.
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Purdue’s marching band appeared upset in regards to the resolution on Twitter. It was particularly troublesome for the band since that is the drum’s a centesimal anniversary yr and the group and followers have been used to listening to it for generations.
Different Twitter critics puzzled why Notre Dame can be this choosy about having a drum on its discipline, particularly as a result of it’s such a well known Purdue custom. Others questioned if there could possibly be one other strategy to make the drum match via a tunnel, or even when it might get dropped off by a helicopter (this feature appears much less doubtless).
You’ll suppose an engineer or two would work out get it inside stadium. Perhaps a helicopter?
— mike kerry (@BadgerMike) September 16, 2021
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With or with out the drum, unranked Purdue is a seven-point underdog to the No. 12-ranked Irish heading into the primary matchup between the 2 Indiana groups since 2014. One factor is for sure: The stadium can be lots quieter than common earlier than the sport, even with followers again within the stands.