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Pep Rally Location

August 31, 2015

Texas Pep Rally

Friday, September 4th on South Quad at the Rockne Memorial


A game weekend Friday night tradition—come out to the pep rally to cheer on the Fighting Irish as they prepare for their first game of the 2015 season against the Texas Longhorns. The first pep rally of the 2015 season will be held Friday, September 4th at 5:45pm on South Quad at the Rockne Memorial.

Free and open to the public.

Please come out and get the Irish pumped up as they prepare to face the Longhorns in the house that Rockne built!

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The Fighting Irish vs. the Longhorns

August 31, 2015

ND and UT Meet for the First Time Since ’96

The Fighting Irish take on the Texas Longhorns this week on September 5th at 7:30pm. The #9 ranked Fighting Irish would take on the #6 ranked Texas Longhorns for the last time in 1996 at Memorial Stadium in Austin, TX. The Irish pulled out a 27 – 24 victory over the Longhorns in the final minutes of the 4th quarter with a 39 yard field goal, by then freshman Jim Sanson. A rivalry that started in 1913, the Irish and Longhorns have faced each other ten times with the Irish defeating the Longhorns eight of those ten meetings. Nineteen years later, the matchup between these two historical programs will once again unfold at Notre Dame Stadium before a sold out crowd.

Flash back to September 21, 1996 for the final minutes of Notre Dame vs. University of Texas.

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Guglielmino Athletic Complex Open House

August 28, 2015

Check Out the Home of Notre Dame Football!


8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Football Fridays (limited access)

The Guglielmino Complex provides the Notre Dame football team with one of the top facilities in the nation. Often referred to as “The Gug” (pronounced Goog), the state of the art facility houses the football practice week locker rooms, coaches’ offices and meeting rooms in addition to enhanced sports medicine, strength and conditioning and weight room equipment areas for all Notre Dame student athletes. To top it off the Gug is home to all the awards of our former Irish greats. Don’t miss the opportunity to check out out this dynamic facility while on campus on Football Fridays. … Read More

Notre Dame Stadium Bag Policy

August 27, 2015

Effective for the 2015 season:

As part of an ongoing commitment to safety and security, the University of Notre Dame will continue to enforce the stadium bag policy for fans. Notre Dame strongly encourages fans to not bring ANY type of bags to the stadium.

Policy Details


  • ALL backpacks, duffel bags, and tote bags will NOT be allowed in the stadium.
  • ALL other small bags are subject to inspection at the stadium gates upon entrance.
  • Diaper bags and medical device bags will be allowed but will be subject to inspection.
  • Blankets, coats, ponchos, and other similar items will be allowed but will be subject to inspection.

We are taking every possible step to ensure minimal disruption or delay to stadium guests. Personal property and privacy will be respected at all times. We appreciate our fans’ cooperation and patience. … Read More

Player Walk

August 26, 2015


See the Irish before they enter the stadium!

Line the path and cheer on your Fighting Irish as they prepare to take on the Longhorns on Saturday, September 5th. Coach Kelly and the Irish football team will walk from from the Gug to the Hesburgh Library, then proceed south toward the Stadium, and enter the house that Rockne built through the Tunnel gates. Click here to see the route of the player walk.

The Player Walk on September 5th vs.Texas will begin at 5:15pm. Plan ahead to get a spot along the route. … Read More

Tailgating for ND vs. Texas

August 25, 2015

Are you prepared for tailgating?


As the team prepares for game day with Texas on September 5th, fans from all over will prepare to make their way to Notre Dame to spend the day tailgating on campus. As you begin to pack your cars, RV’s, and buses with all the essentials for the day make sure you know what to bring and what not to bring.

Here are a few important things to know about tailgating before you pack up for Game Day to make your day is enjoyable:

Where to Go:
Plan ahead check out the different parking areas available around campus. Whether you have a parking pass or not, be sure to follow the signage to your destination lot. If you are traveling with multiple cars make sure everyone arrives at the same time, as holding adjacent spots for others is not allowed. Be sure that each car has a parking pass, as one pass permits one vehicle into the lot.

What to Wear:
Depending on the weather, sunscreen, ponchos and layers can be important items to pack on Game Days! Check the weather before heading to campus so you’re prepared for the day.

Tailgating Prohibited Items:

When planning for your tailgate, please note the following is NOT permitted:

  • Charcoal Grills
  • Deep Fryers
  • Propane Cylinders larger then 20lbs
  • Amplified Sound – Speakers that stand alone, are excessively loud, or are connected to an amplifier
  • Open flames (i.e. fire pits)
  • Kegs
  • Box trucks, motorcycles, over-sized vans
  • Stakes
  • While on the campus of Notre Dame, selling of items is not permitted

Safety and security rules will be strictly enforced and violators may be revoked for failing to comply. Future ticket privileges may be revoked.

Permitted Items:

  • Propane grills are permitted, but gas cylinders must be under 20lbs.
  • Tents

Have Fun!

At the end of the day, you’re there for one simple reason – to enjoy Game Day! You take care of packing the car and grilling the burgers. Our Guest Services team, parking staff, police officers, and University staff will take care of the rest!

In Case of Emergency

In the event of an emergency, let a uniformed security officer or lot supervisor know right away. Notre Dame Security Police can be reached at (574) 631-5555, or you can also text IRISH and the issue to 69050.

We also encourage that if you see something, say something! If something raises your concern for any reason, please call or text to let us know and our Notre Dame Security Police will look into the situation right away. Our staff is ready to help and they are only one call or text away!

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Get a Running Start on Game Day

August 25, 2015

Game Day Introduces Game Day Run Club


Get a running start on game days this season! Game Day Operations is partnering with Rec Sports and the Notre Dame Triathlon Team to bring fans Game Day Run Club, a guided, running tour of campus on game day mornings. Beginning four weeks prior to each game, fans will have the opportunity to register for their run of choice for $15. Registration is capped at 30 participants for each Game Day Run Club run. Please note: Game Day Run Club will not take place on Saturday, September 19th.

Each run will begin at 8:00 a.m. ET, with check-in opening at 7:30 a.m. at LaFortune Student Center. Runners will receive an exclusive Game Day Run Club hat and a pre-run Gatorade before the group is divided into pace groups and heads out for a beautiful run through Notre Dame’s scenic and historic campus. Along the run, participants will see a variety of campus highlights, including the Golden Dome, the Basilica, the Grotto, South Quad, Library Quad, Athletics facilities, campus lakes, and more! Runs will last between 30 minutes and 45 minutes, depending on each group’s pace and ability level. After the run, participants will return to LaFortune Student Center to retrieve their belongings and enjoy a post-run breakfast before heading out to enjoy game day!

Parking will be provided for all Game Day Run Club participants from 7:00-10:00 a.m. ET.

Registration openings will be announced on and on our Twitter page

Registration is now open for Game Day Run Club on Saturday, September 5th. Register now!Read More

Golden Notes: Trumpets Under the Dome

August 24, 2015

For everyone here in the Game Day office, we feel a home game coming as soon as the clock hits zero on the previous weekend’s game. However, for everyone else in here in the Dome, they feel a game weekend arrive at 4:00 PM on Friday when hundreds of fans fill the rotunda of the Main Building to catch the Notre Dame Trumpets play under the Dome.


Fans fill the rings of the third and fourth floors of the Dome to look down at the Trumpets on the second floor as they play the Alma Mater and the Victory March. It’s a great way to welcome fans and the arrival of a Notre Dame Football weekend.

Be sure to visit the Dome when you’re on campus for the first home game of the season. Friday, September 4th at 4:00 PM. Can’t make it Friday? Catch “Trumpets Under the Dome” on Saturday, September 5th at 6:30 PM. For this performance, the Trumpets will line the third and fourth floors of the Main Building, so grab a great viewing spot on the second floor.

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Safe in the Seat

August 24, 2015


Game Day Introduces New Safety Initiative

Game Day Operations is committed to continually enhancing safety and security for all fans attending Notre Dame football games, especially for our youngest Fighting Irish fans!

As we look forward to the 2015 season, Game Day is proud to introduce Safe in the Seat , a program devised to speed the process of reuniting children (and others who may be vulnerable if separated from the people they are with) and guardians who become separated while attending football games by providing wristbands that can be customized with the child’s name, the guardian’s contact information, and the child’s seat location.

Upon entrance to the stadium, parents/guardians can obtain a Safe in the Seat wristband from one of five Guest Services booths located on the lower concourse at gates A, B, C, D, and E. Prior to games, wristbands can be obtained from NDSP officers patrolling the tailgating lots.

Guardians will be asked to complete the fields on the wristbands. In the event the child and guardian become separated, ushers and officers will use the information provided on the wristbands to reunite the child and guardian so they can continue to enjoy their game day.

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2015 Notre Dame Football

August 23, 2015

Previewing the Fighting Irish’s Upcoming Season


Notre Dame will kickoff the 2015 season ranked No. 11 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. As the Irish look to open the 2015 season at home, they prepare to face four teams ranked in top 25 across the AP Coaches Poll and the USA Today’s Coaches Poll.

Notre Dame will open the season on September 5th against Texas, marking the first meeting in 19 years between the Irish and the Longhorns. Notre Dame defeated Texas 27-24 with a field goal in the final seconds of their last match-up in 1996. Next up in September, the Irish will travel to Charlottesville, VA to take on Virginia, before heading home for two weeks to face Georgia Tech(USA/17) and UMass.

Notre Dame will travel to South Carolina for a long awaited rematch against Clemson(USA/12) on October 3rd. The Irish fell to the Tigers 16-10 in their 1979 game in South Bend. The 2015 match-up will mark the second meeting with Clemson in program history.

The Irish will return home for back to back match-ups to round out October. First the Irish will host the Midshipmen of Navy, who the Irish defeated last season 49-39 at FedEx Field in Hyattsville, MD. Next up, Notre Dame will welcome the USC Trojans (USA/10). The team will wrap up October with a bye week, followed by a trip to Philadelphia, PA to play Temple.

In November the Irish will head to Pittsburgh, PA to take on Pitt. Notre Dame leads the series 6-4. The Irish will then play Wake Forest in their final home game in South Bend in search of their third win in a three game series with the Demon Deacons.

On November 21st the Irish head to Boston, MA for the seventh Shamrock Series game against Boston College at the historic Fenway Park. The match-up will mark the first football game to be played at Fenway since 1968. The Irish and Eagles have met 22 times with Notre Dame holding a 13-9 advantage in the series.

To close out the 2015 season, the Irish will head to California to face Stanford (USA/21) on November 28th.

Stay tuned to for updates and home game information throughout the season. … Read More