Purdue to feature band’s barred giant drum outside Notre Dame Stadium

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Purdue’s famed huge bass drum has drummed up very a controversy prior to Saturday’s street match at Notre Dame Stadium.

After currently being informed that the World’s Greatest Drum would not be allowed to enter the taking part in area by Notre Dame Stadium’s home entrance, Purdue’s All-American Band will engage in its halftime overall performance without the drum for the initially time because 1979. Purdue spokesman Aaron Yoder said Friday that the band continue to prepared to provide the enormous drum and hold it outside the stadium “for supporters to appreciate before the recreation.”

But a Notre Dame formal informed ESPN on Friday that the college had not been contacted by Purdue requesting permission to provide the drum to campus and was of the belief that it wouldn’t be there.

The disagreement in between the instate universities is a final result of Notre Dame’s renovation of its stadium in 2017, which additional a visitor’s tunnel for opposing groups and marching bands. In advance of then, the Preventing Irish and their opponents entered through just a single tunnel, which developed a logistical nightmare.

The World’s Major Drum is way too tall to get as a result of the smaller visitor’s tunnel.

“We have been advised that viewing groups and bands have to use a different tunnel that is a lot smaller sized,” said Yoder, a spokesman for the university’s bands and orchestras. “Our drum is about 10 feet tall on its carriage and 565 lbs . so it would not even come close to fitting in this other tunnel.”

The Notre Dame official explained the Irish have equipped much more than 400 tickets for Purdue’s marching band, which is extra than double what it provided for Toledo’s band final week. The Boilermakers final played in South Bend in 2012.

The World’s Most significant Drum, which was 1st created in 1921, is celebrating its 100th birthday this calendar year. The very last time the band was without the need of it was in 1979, when it went lacking from storage the night time right before Purdue played Northwestern. It was afterwards found guiding an air conditioner in an place obtainable only by ladder, which led to speculation that it experienced been stolen and moved.

In accordance to Purdue, in the times of coach travel, band director Paul Spotts Emrick, who experienced the drum designed, labored with the New York Central Railway to find educate cars that could home it. It now typically travels in the back again of a pickup truck.

ESPN’s Dave Wilson contributed to this report.