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Notre Dame Football: Jumbotron or No Jumbotron? Tradition Meets Technology
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Notre Dame's newest dilemma: tradition or jumbotron?

When you think of South Bend, Ind., you think tradition.

OK, some may first think of walk-on legend of Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger, or possibly the legendary Four Horsemen.

Even so, you're thinking of Notre Dame's tradition. This is what the Irish, along with their fans, treasure more than any other college football program out there.

Naturally, the question is brought up whether or not the mega of all sports technologies—the jumbotron—belongs in the cathedral of all football fields.

One person, and a very important one at that, believes one will be installed in Notre Dame Stadium in the future at some point.

"I think it enhances obviously the game experience more than anything else," head coach Brian Kelly said. "I'm not afraid to say it's a great addition because it creates a great atmosphere in the stadium."

No matter what side you make take on this highly debatable topic, there is no denying the modern-day advantages a jumbotron would bring to the table. Considering the many complaints of a quieter Notre Dame crowd in recent years, wouldn't this be something that could add some needed excitement used to fuel Notre Dame's 12th man?

The athletic department has shown it isn't afraid to move away from tradition and towards new-age gear, as evidenced by the recent upgrade of helmets. Student managers will no longer be a part of the gold-painting process,something that has been closely linked with the football program for some time.

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In this weekend's first night game in more than 21 years, technology made an appearance in the form of endless Ozzy Osbourne with a little bit of Seven Nation Army sprinkled in. While the helmets were a hit, the music was agonizing, to put it nicely.

Would a jumbotron be too much in the case of advancement, however?

One thing the university wouldn't mind would be the added revenue brought in through advertising. If the athletic department does indeed go forward and install a 'tron in Notre Dame Stadium, you can only imagine the list of suitors that would be drooling over the opportunity to get a piece of that real estate.

The effects of this new technology will no doubt liven a stadium atmosphere, but will also take away from one of the rare tradition-based stadiums still left in the sporting world. 

While a decision hasn't been made just yet on which Notre Dame will go, it will have to be sooner rather than later.

Does Notre Dame Stadium need a boost to its atmosphere or will the old-school tradition continue to ring throughout the campus? 

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