Game Day Initiatives
Since its inception in April of 2009, the University’s Game Day Operations division has worked to make the Notre Dame Football weekend experience unlike any other. Through a series of different initiatives detailed below, Game Day has worked to improve the University’s game weekend experience in the categories of hospitality, communications, and safety and security. We’re not finished improving your Game Day…the best is yet to come!
Game Day Operations has consistently increased its fleet of Green Jacket guest service teams to expertly provide information, directions, and hospitality to our visitors each game weekend. This team can assist you with game day planning, direct you to the most beautiful sights on campus and provide campus maps and Game Day Guides, which detail the weekend’s schedule of events. Guest Service teams also appear in hospitality booths inside each gate of Notre Dame Stadium. The green coats behind these booths offer their expertise on Stadium information.
Notre Dame has so much to offer fans on football weekends. From “Trumpets Under the Dome” in the Main Building, to pep rallies at various iconic locations on campus, to the Player Walk from the Gug to the Stadium, to the sightseeing across campus, there is something to see on nearly every square inch of Our Lady’s University. In an effort to facilitate enjoyment of everything offered on a Notre Dame Football weekend, courtesy carts are available to fans on Football Fridays and Game Day Saturdays.
The fan assistance texting program helps to ensure a safe and enjoyable game experience for all guests. If you experience an issue on Game Day, text “IRISH” space issue to 69050. Your message will go to a receiving system which allows the Game Day team to help all of our guests, both in the Stadium and across campus.
Weather permitting, Game Day parking is available on the Burke Memorial Golf Course for $40. Vendors accept cash only and drivers must show their football tickets to enter the parking area. Tailgating is permitted, but Burke parking is restricted to passenger cars only. Recreational vehicles, large trucks, buses, motorcycles and limos are not permitted.
Game Day, in partnership with the Notre Dame Athletic Department, offers fans the opportunity to walk in the shoes of Fighting Irish Football players with unique tours and open houses.
On Football Fridays from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, excluding the opposing team’s walk-through, fans may enter the North end of the Stadium, walk out of the Tunnel, and step on to the field, just as the Irish do on Game Days. Also on Fridays, fans are welcome to enter the Gug to view trophies and memorabilia from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM*.
On Game Day Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM fans are invited to enter the gates of LaBar Practice Field to see where the Irish get ready for Game Day. Please note: LaBar Practice Field will not be open to the public on the Saturday of USC weekend.
*Hours are subject to change depending on the Football team’s activities.
Five of Notre Dame’s National Championship-winning coaches are immortalized in statue form on the University’s campus. Prior to the 2010 season, four of the statues were moved to their new locations directly outside four of Notre Dame Stadium’s six entrances and each gate was renamed in honor of the corresponding legendary coach. During the 2011 season, a statue honoring Dan Devine was dedicated and is placed in front of the Dan Devine Gate, which was named in 2010. Their locations are:
- Knute Rockne (1924, 1929, 1930 National Champion) – North Tunnel, Knute Rockne Tunnel
- Dan Devine (1977 National Champion) – Gate A, Dan Devine Gate
- Ara Parseghian (1966, 1973 National Champion) – Gate B, Ara Parseghian Gate
- Frank Leahy (1943, 1946, 1947, 1949 National Champion) – Gate C, Frank Leahy Gate
- Lou Holtz (1988 National Champion) – Gate D, Lou Holtz Gate