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Kelly wants big addition

Notre Dame Stadium had a different feel for the Irish's 31-17 loss to USC last weekend.

Not only was it the first night game in the stadium since 1990, the game also featured rock music blaring through the stadium speakers and thousands of twirling souvenir towels in the stands.

Coach Brian Kelly said Wednesday that he hopes that is just the start of creating a more energetic home-field advantage.

"We thought it was a good start for us, relative to the atmosphere," Kelly said of the additions to the gameday experience. "I think that eventually, we want a big JumboTron in there. We think that is going to be something that adds to the atmosphere too."

Kelly said he would also like to replace the stadium's grass with field turf, and he would like to see the changes as soon as next season.

Though he pointed out, while he has input, changes to the stadium are not his decisions to make.

"I hope that we continue to move forward creating an incredible atmosphere in there," Kelly said. "It won't be my decision to make. I think I have sprinkled that in the conversations (with the media). I don't think it's a mystery that we would like that.

"But it's not going to be my call. They know how I feel. I don't want to beat a dead horse with it either. I think it's pretty clear that we want to continue to create a great atmosphere."