Stands cleared at Notre Dame football game due to storm

Reuters News
Posted: Sep 03, 2011 6:33 PM

DETROIT (Reuters) - Notre Dame's football stadium was cleared in South Bend, Indiana on Saturday at halftime of the season opening game against South Florida after several lightning strikes in the area, a university spokesman said.

"Right now we are in an indefinite weather delay," Notre Dame spokesman Dennis Brown said. "We evacuated the stadium at about 5:12 p.m., right at halftime."

Brown said there were a number of lightning strikes in the area and the "vast majority of the stadium was evacuated" though there were a few people remaining in the stands.

The university also was expecting high winds as a storm front passes through the area, Brown said.

"It has been cloud-to-ground lightning strikes within a 10-mile radius which is the radius the NCAA uses," Brown said. "We actually started our announcements even before then to err on the side of caution."

South Florida was leading Notre Dame 16-0 at halftime and no decision had been made about when the game would resume.

(Reporting by David Bailey; Editing by Jerry Norton)