The Pit: The new ND Basketball Experience

November 21, 2005: The Pit: The new ND Basketball Experience

**All credit for this idea need go to Dan Dittler, who masterminded this plan over several beers one evening. My apologies to Dutch for any inconsistencies with the orignal idea…..I wasn’t in any condition to take notes**

Imagine this for homecourt advantage: Your bus pulls up to campus for an away game at Notre Dame. As the new basketball arena, known as The Pit, is located at the site of the former Stonehenge, you have to get out at the Alumni Circle. You are greeted by thousands of ND students, who form two human walls between which you have to walk between to get to The Pit. These students don’t haze you, they don’t throw anything. They merely stomp the ground with their feet. Your 200 yard walk is eery to say the least. Once inside The Pit (capacity 10,000, and made of black marble), the only sound you here is of student’s stomping on the roof (The Pit, you see, is built into the ground, and the roof is at ground level). There is no student section, rather a Beyond Thunderdome-like cage over the court that students hang from. During games, the stomping is replaced with the sound of four base drums located inside of The Pit. The students, all dressed in black Mike Brey-mock turtle necks chant, “Two teams enter, one team leaves”, throughout the game. Images of the Ross brothers are projected against the walls (okay, bad idea).

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