Purdue won’t have a key part of their soccer tradition on Saturday when they head to South Bend to take on Notre Dame.
Purdue’s All-American Band features what it calls the “largest drum in the world,” said to be approximately ten feet tall in its carriage. The problem, according to spokesman for the Purdue band and orchestra, Aaron Yoder, is that Notre Dame will not allow anyone other than its own team and band to use the main tunnel at Notre Dame Stadium, the only tunnel it would pass through. the drum.
“According to a statement from the University of Notre Dame, our Band will not be allowed to carry the world’s largest drum through its tunnel and onto the soccer field for this Saturday’s game,” Yoder said. via ESPN’s Dave Wilson. “Notre Dame Athletics has restricted the use of its main tunnel to its own football team and band, which is the only entrance large enough for the drum. We have been told that visiting teams and bands have to use a separate tunnel that is much smaller. Our drum is about 10 feet tall in his car and weighs 565 pounds, so it doesn’t even come close to fitting in this other tunnel. “
The Purdue bands and orchestras Twitter account made it clear early Thursday that it blamed Notre Dame for the decision and called the school about it.