Breaking from tradition

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Musical chairs might be no more at the Notre Dame game each fall.

Each time the Irish have played at the Coliseum, 2,000 season-ticket holders have been moved from their prime midfield location on the press box side to accommodate a longstanding agreement with Notre Dame, which placed Irish fans in those priority 50-yard line seats and bumped the Trojan supporters elsewhere in the stadium. Likewise, USC would get several sections of premier seats when the Trojans and Irish met at Notre Dame Stadium.

But, according to discussions within the athletic department, that agreement could be a thing of the past as early as this season. Nearly all of the 2,000 priority season tickets that have been moved in the past will remain as is for every Notre Dame game at the Coliseum in even years, while USC fans will sit in the usual visiting team location in the end zone at Notre Dame Stadium in the odd years.

Doing away with the long-term yet archaic tradition of trading prime seats for the annual USC-Notre Dame game will keep loyal Trojan season-ticket holders in their usual midfield locations for every home game each fall, regardless of the opponent.

In total, USC receives 7,000 tickets for its biennial trip to Notre Dame Stadium, while the Irish get 12,000 tickets for the rivalry matchup at the Coliseum every other year.

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