Whether fair or not, wanted or not, visiting fans are always going to associate
the fans and football program at ND with Catholicism , and the same goes for
fans visiting BYUs LES and watching their program...it will be associated with
Mormonism. I loved this article, because I think there are times when we, as
fans, forget these associations and allow our emotions about the game to get the
best of us. I too have visited ND for a game last season and was impressed and
will never forget the kindness and hospitality my brother and I were treated to.
I also came back feeling that we, as BYU fans, have a lot of work to do in
showing the same care, concern, and compassion to other fans. These are life
characteristics that have eternal meaning...who wins and loses doesn't. I
believe that BYU fans can make the traditions at LES as classy and rich as ND if
we will all try harder to remember the real reasons we are all here.
Living minutes away from Notre Dame campus, when I came across this article I
had to read it. To know that everyone from visiting teams all feel the same way
about the Fighting Irish fans, warms my heart. It's an amazing feeling to
know that all of you are speaking about my home town. While tailgating and
attending games I am always trying to make visitors feel at home. That's
how I would want to be treated if I were to follow the beloved Irish to another
stadium. Thank you all for your kind words, and I hope you all return to campus
in the future.
When BYU first played at Notre Dame some years ago, the BYU Administration came
back and all said 'We've got work to do'. They were extremely
impressed with ND, and wanted BYU to become more like ND in several ways.
Ditto on ND sports fans. They're a class act.
This is why it is better to be independent than in a conference. One would not
feel the same in Larame or ABQ.
I also attended my 2nd BYU away game this year at Notre Dame. We also attended
at the University of Virginia. First, I need to stop going to away games. I
think I'm the bad luck charm! Seriously, both fan bases were VERY polite
to us, but Notre Dame was unique. It's a faith based school and I've
never been welcomed so many times to anywhere, even Walmart, in my whole life.
"Go BYU, Welcome to Notre Dame! Is there anything I can help you find?"
This was repeated time and time again. It caused me to wonder how opposing
fans are treated at BYU? My hope is that the fan base can learn from their
Christian Sister School in South Bend and promote a completely different
atmosphere than what I have seen in Provo and in Salt Lake City. Notre Dame is
definitely on my list as a place to return to...hopefully next time when
it's WARM! "Go Notre Dame! Welcome to BYU. Is there anything I can
help you find?"
Very nice article. I am from South Bend & attend a few games every year.
I'm certainly glad you enjoyed your time at ND. I think it's a very
special place. I've always tried to make visiting fans feel comfortable
& I think, in general, most other fans do too. I've heard from many
other visiting fans that they were treated very nicely, and I have to ask the
question, "why wouldn't they be"? This is not life or death
people....it's a sporting event. Show your team spirit, but also show some
respect. You can have a great time rooting for your team, and you just might
make a friend or two.I certainly hope you return for another game in the
future & hope you're treated even better. I'm 50 years old &
still love to walk around the campus & still get a chill every time I walk
into that stadium. I hope us ND fans will always root for the Irish, and always
welcome the visitors! That was a heck of a gift, by the way....
When the Utes played Notre Dame in 2010, I did not attend the event, but I heard
from several Utah fans that the fans at Notre Dame indeed were very respectful
Having grown up in Utah and having graduated from Notre Dame I felt heartwarmed
to read this commentary on an opposing fan's experience at my alma mater.
However, based upon what I know about human psychology, I suspect that her
opinion is also a projection of her personality, which is thoroughly healthy and
Went to the BYU v Florida State game in Jacksonville in 2000. I was amazed at
what poor sportsmanship by fans can do as many FSU fans were drinking heavily
and even fighting with each other. I really think that poor
sportsmanship/fansmanship will be a major problem for societal issues in
general; if we're mistreating each other everything else will break down.
I live in Northern California and attend BYU games both at home and away.
I've attended many away games to watch the Cougars including Notre Dame
twice in the past few years. I agree with the author that Notre Dame fans are a
class act. Many criticize ND and their football team until they come to South
Bend and attend a game, then come away with a changed attitude about Notre Dame,
it's football team and their fans. There are a handful of other places who
have great fans and make you feel welcome to be at their school including Boise
State, USC and Stanford. But in my opinion, Notre Dame is probably at the top of
My son has been to ND vs BYU twice and he also has said that ND fans are a class
Had the exact same experience last year at the BYU v ND game. Fantastic all
around experience. Wisconsin was also a nice place to visit with most fans being
welcoming and hospitable. But it was not the same.
Having been able to attend the Notre Dame game with my brother and my dad, I was
thrilled to see this article. After reading it, I couldn't have said it
any better myself. While we were traveling to the game, during one of our
layovers, I was asked by another BYU fan if I was worried or nervous about going
to the game. After visiting with him, he had only ever attended one other BYU
game. His other game with this year at LES. That game had made him very
uncomfortable, due to the actions of the other teams fans. I
applaud the Notre Dame fans for the hospitality and kindness. It was a great
adventure and a memory I will have for the rest of my life. I would
also like to thank the author for bringing up the other points that were brought
up. I believe, just like the author, that if we applied these lessons in our
lives great things would happen.Thanks again for a great article.
I would love to visit Notre Dame and some at other places except RES and
Great article and wonderful perspective. I want to try and live up to these