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Notre Dame and ACC Announce Future Schedule

October 22, 2014

Agreement features 60 games between Fighting Irish and ACC teams over 12 seasons

The University of Notre Dame and the Atlantic Coast Conference today announced future football matchups through the 2025 season, including specific playing dates for games in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Included on upcoming Irish agendas are a pair of Labor Day Monday matchups in 2019 (at Louisville) and 2021 (at Florida State). Including the first three seasons of games for 2014-16 announced last December, the 60-game lineup shows Notre Dame playing at least four games against each of the ACC’s 14 football member schools. All 14 ACC programs will come to Notre Dame Stadium at least twice over those dozen years, and each ACC team will play host to at least two home games against the Irish. Notre Dame will play an average of five games per year against ACC teams over the 12-year span (four games in 2014, 2022 and 2024; six games in 2015, 2019 and 2023).

“Nine additional seasons of games against Atlantic Coast Conference opponents again adds both variety and quality to future University of Notre Dame football schedules,” said Notre Dame vice president and athletics director Jack Swarbrick.

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“Over those nine years, four ACC programs that have never played in Notre Dame Stadium (Louisville, NC State, Virginia and Virginia Tech) will come to South Bend, and two others that have only played at Notre Dame one time (Wake Forest and Clemson) also will travel to our campus.

“On the other side of the coin, during that period we will take our team to four ACC campuses at which Notre Dame never has played football (Louisville, North Carolina State, Virginia and Virginia Tech), plus three others (Clemson, Duke and Wake Forest) where our team has played only once.”

“The football partnership between the ACC and Notre Dame is a terrific enhancement for all parties,” said ACC commissioner John Swofford. “Notre Dame not only adds to our league’s already highly ambitious schedules, it also provides the opportunity for almost all of our student-athletes to play against Notre Dame during their careers. When you add in the excitement that it brings to our fans, there’s no question that this partnership is significant.”

Irish Eyes: A First-Timer's Game Day Experience

October 14, 2014 • Categories: Irish Eyes

Here at Game Day, we always wonder what game days look like through the eyes of first-time visitors. Mike Lopresti, of the Indianapolis Business Journal, gave us a look at his game day experience in “Notre Dame: Where tradition, football and commerce meet”

“Notre Dame: Where tradition, football and commerce meet”

By Mike Lopresti, Indianapolis Business Journal

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SOUTH BEND – Autumn has come to Notre Dame. It is a see-your-breath Saturday morning, and the assignment is to wander the campus before kickoff to find out what makes a football weekend here so special. A trip combining visits to the Vatican, the Grand Canyon and Disney World.

And so, one game day at the University of Notre Dame.

9 a.m.: Fifteen cars and SUVs are parked in Highland Cemetery, three miles from campus. Have I wandered into a funeral? No, we are at Knute Rockne’s grave. A group meets there once a year to listen to past players speak, and to pay homage to a man who died more than 83 years ago but who put Notre Dame on the map.

“It’s why,” former guard Chris Stewart tells the assembled, “we’re standing here on a freezing cold morning, honoring his legacy.”

Terry Hanratty, once and Irish and Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback, also speaks and says, “This man will live forever.” Then everyone toasts Rockne with Irish whiskey, and a boom box plays the Notre Dame Victory March and one of Rockne’s speeches.

10:15 a.m.: Five hours before kickoff, the aisles are packed at the Hammes Bookstore. Someone is selling a CD, “Irish Lullabies,” while Rudy Ruettiger is signing his book, and a guy on a piano is playing the Victory March.

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You can also get the newest version of the shirt for $18. Every year, a student committee comes up with a slogan and markets the shirt for charity. Last year, they sold 156,000 of them. This year’s model has, “Then, Now, Forever,” on the front.

11:30 a.m.: The bagpipes are playing “Amazing Grace” in front of the Golden Dome. Trivia note: The Dome was regilded nine years ago and only needed a fistful of gold leaf for the entire top.

Noon: Campus organizations know a bonanza when they see one. Hence, all the food stands. You can get a hamburger from the Engineers Without Borders, a cupcake from the Model United Nations, or maybe something from the College Republicans, where one of the workers keeps shouting to passers-by, “Eat a brat for freedom.”

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But the hot spot is on South Quad, where the Knights of Columbus has been selling steak sandwiches since 1973.

12:40 p.m.: The glee club, standing in front of Touchdown Jesus, breaks into an Irish medley. Did you know Touchdown Jesus is 132 feet high and has 81 different stones from 16 different countries? I didn’t either.

1:15 p.m.: The practice field, normally closed to outsiders, is open to the public on game day, and fathers and sons are playing catch on the same turf where the Irish prepared for Stanford.

Across the street is a plaque on a rock, in memory of Declan Sullivan, a student photographer who was killed while filming practice from a temporary tower in high winds in 2010. Notice that the towers are now permanent.

1:25 p.m.: Thousands line up for the team walk on a winding route, past Touchdown Jesus, and into the stadium. After the Irish pass, a father turns to his son and says, “Did you see Everett (as in quarterback Golson)?”

The boy nods, and father and son high-five. And that’s why there’s a team walk.

1:30 p.m.: The alumni band, of all ages and instruments, starts the march from the Dome toward the stadium. You haven’t seen a marching band until you’ve seen an AARP member with a tuba.

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1:45 p.m.: A steady crowd rolls into the Basilica, which is one place this cold afternoon everyone has to lose their ski caps. A sign informs that Mass is held 30 minutes after every home game. Meanwhile, the longest line of the day is one waiting to light candles at the Grotto.

2 p.m.: The marching band plays its usual pre-game concert on the steps of Bond Hall. Then everyone hustles over to the Golden Dome and hurries up the steps. There is scurrying, pushing, fighting for position. If the Irish defense plays this hard, Stanford is in trouble.

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It’s all to get one of the prime viewing spots for “Trumpets Under the Dome”, a brief selection by the band’s trumpets. As they belt out a familiar tune, a thought occurs: I have now heard this day the Victory March by voice, trumpet, trombone, bagpipes, piano, and boom box.

3:15 p.m.: Oh yeah, there’s a football game at the end of all of this. Welcome to the 440th kickoff in Notre Dame Stadium history, and the 240th consecutive sellout, going back to Thanksgiving Day 1973, against Air Force. But that doesn’t mean there is no chance to see a game. Earlier this morning, there had been a line at the ticket window, with people wanting to buy tickets returned by Stanford. You just have to be early, and lucky.

3:30 p.m.: The nine stripes in each end zone slant towards the Golden Dome. No accident. The 18 stripes are angled at 42 degrees, which combines the 18 and 42 in Notre Dame’s founding year. History is always in plain sight here.

7:09 p.m.: The Irish beat Stanford with a last-minute touchdown, and the players head for the northwest corner to sing the Alma Mater with their fellow students. The the crowd takes its roar onto campus.

It is cold, it is rainy, it is miserable. But nobody minds much. It is game day at Notre Dame.

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Irish Eyes: North Carolina Weekend

October 14, 2014

Thanks to all of our fans who came out to support the Irish as they defeated the UNC Tar Heels to become 6-0 and No. 5 in the country! Check out our TOP 10 #NDgameday photos from North Carolina weekend.


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Lots of prayers for a win Saturday at the Grotto. #lovend #ndgameday #goirish


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Its GAMEDAY!!! #ndgameday #goirish


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Touchdown Irish! That’s BallGame! #GoIrish #ND #NDGameday #BePerfect #ThisIsHome #HappyNeil


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Thank you @fresca5856 for always making my Notre Dame dreams come true!!! #NDgameday #goirish

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