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Recap: Echoes 2014

December 15, 2014

Notre Dame Football Honors 16 Student-Athletes

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University of Notre Dame senior linebacker Joe Schmidt received the 2014 Notre Dame Monogram Club Most Valuable Player honor Friday night at the 94th Notre Dame Football Awards Show (ECHOES | 14).

Schmidt, voted MVP by his teammates, and 15 other Irish players were honored at the show, which was sponsored by The Notre Dame Club of Saint Joseph Valley, South Bend International Airport, CBTS, Visit South Bend Mishawaka, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center and TireRack.com.

Highlights from the ECHOES, presented by Coke Zero, will be broadcast four times on NBC Sports Network. The recap show will debut on Saturday, Dec. 20, at 1:30 p.m. EST and re-air on Dec. 24 at 7:30 p.m. EST, Dec. 24 at 11:59 p.m. EST and Dec. 28 at 6 p.m. EST.

Award Winners

Scout Team Player of the Year: Offense – Tyler Plantz
Scout Team Player of the Year: Defense – Austin Larkin
Newcomer of the Year: Offense – Torii Hunter Jr.
Newcomer of the Year: Defense – Drue Tranquill
Special Teams Player of the Year – C.J. Prosise
Offensive Lineman of the Year – Ronnie Stanley
Irish Around the Bend – Kyle Brindza
Moose Krause Lineman of the Year – Sheldon Day
Father Lange Iron Cross – Christian Lombard
Pietrosante Award – Cam McDaniel
Rockne Student-Athlete – Corey Robinson
Tire Rack Play of the Year – Ben Koyack
Offensive Player of the Year – Will Fuller
Defensive Player of the Year – Jaylon Smith
Next Man In – Justin Utupo
Most Valuable Player – Joe SchmidtRead More

The 2014 Notre Dame Football Awards Show

December 11, 2014

The Echoes will be hosted by Mike Mayock and Skylar Diggins

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A Celebration of the 2014 Fighting Irish Team: The Echoes, will be held Friday, Dec. 12, at DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on the Notre Dame campus. The red-carpet event begins at 6:30 p.m. EST with a reception that will feature hors d’oeuvres from Ruth’s Chris Steak House. The awards show program, co-hosted by Skylar Diggins and Mike Mayock, will start at 8 p.m. in the Leighton Concert Hall. The program will include a video tribute to the 2014 Fighting Irish plus a series of awards honoring the Notre Dame Football team and comments from head coach Brian Kelly.

Tickets for The Echoes are still available and can be purchased at the Notre Dame Ticket Office. Tickets may also be purchased online at und.com/tickets or by calling the Notre Dame Ticket Office at 574-631-7356. The Notre Dame Football Awards Show is a reserved seating event. Any special seating needs should be requested when purchasing tickets for the program.

Come out and show your support as we celebrate the accomplishments of our Fighting Irish from the 2014 season. … Read More

The Fighting Irish are Heading to Music City

December 09, 2014

Notre Dame to play LSU on Dec. 30th at LP Field in Nashville

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For the first time in history, the University of Notre Dame football team is headed to the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl.

Notre Dame (7-5) will meet Southeastern Conference representative, LSU (8-4), at 3 p.m. EST on Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014 at LP Field, home of the NFL Tennessee Titans, in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Irish qualify as a representative of the Atlantic Coast Conference in their first year of an agreement, which also allows Notre Dame to play four to six games per season against ACC opponents.

The Music City Bowl marks the fifth bowl appearance in as many seasons under Irish Head Coach, Brian Kelly. Kelly becomes the first Head Coach in Notre Dame history to take teams to bowl games in each of his first five seasons. With a win at the Music City Bowl, Brian Kelly would become the first Head Coach in Irish history to win at least eight games in each of his first five seasons with the Fighting Irish.

“We’re thrilled with the opportunity to face LSU — one of the preeminent programs in all of college football,” said Kelly. “When we worked with the ACC to fashion our agreement, part of the attraction for Notre Dame was the ability to provide our program with this type of matchup. In that vein we’re excited to come to Nashville, to play in a bowl in which the University never before has participated and to play in a top-notch NFL venue.”

Fans can tune in to ESPN, ESPN Radio, and Notre Dame’s IMG Football Radio to catch all of the action on December 30th. Click here for all of the bowl information you will need — from tickets, to bowl history, to events. … Read More

Lights Out

December 02, 2014

The Campus Crossroads Project Begins

When the lights went out on Saturday, November 22nd, after Notre Dame concluded its final home game of the 2014 season against Louisville, the Campus Crossroads Project officially began.

The Campus Crossroads Project is the largest building initiative in the 172-year history of the University of Notre Dame. The $400 million project includes construction of more than 750,000 square feet of classroom, research, student facility, digital media, performance, meeting, event, and hospitality space.

The facilities will be housed in three buildings attached to the west, east, and south sides of the University’s iconic football stadium. Construction will take approximately 33 months to complete.

Throughout construction, the Game Day Operations team will update fans on gameday.nd.edu and on Twitter regarding the progress of the Campus Crossroads Project. Additionally, fans can always visit the Campus Crossroads Project page for information. … Read More

Irish Eyes: Louisville Weekend

November 24, 2014

Thanks to all of our fans who braved the weather and came out to support our seniors! Also, big thanks to our Irish fans who shared their Game Day experiences with us throughout the season using #NDgameday! Check out our favorite #NDgameday photos from our final home game. #NDgameday will be back in 2015!









A photo posted by Lori Bendy (@ndirish87) on


Louisville Weekend Update

November 22, 2014

Weather-Related Game Weekend Changes

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This post will be updated periodically to inform fans about weather-related game weekend changes.

Last updated 11/21/14, 2:27 PM ET

  • White Field, Burke (North and South), and K lots have been plowed and will be open on Saturday, November 22nd. Lots open at 8:00 a.m.
  • LaBar Practice Field will be closed to the public on Saturday, November 22nd.
  • The Notre Dame Marching Band will not practice or step-off to the Pep Rally on Friday, November 21st. Step-off is still set to occur on Saturday, November 22nd.
  • Courtesy Carts will not begin operating until 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 22nd.
  • Courtesy Cart services have been suspended for Friday, November 21st.
  • The Pedal Cab service will not operate on Friday, November 21st, or Saturday, November 22nd.

Please check back for more updates and follow Game Day on Twitter for up-to-the-minute game weekend information. … Read More

Notre Dame Stadium Bag Policy

November 22, 2014

Effective for the 2014 season

As part of an ongoing commitment to safety and security, the University of Notre Dame will institute a policy on bags and other items fans can bring into its football stadium on game days. Notre Dame strongly encourages fans to not bring ANY type of bags to the stadium.

Policy Details

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  • 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

Louisville Game Day Parking

November 22, 2014

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Pay-to-Park

Lot Price Open Time Type
Bulla $30 8:00 AM Accessible
White Field $30 8:00 AM Accessible and General
Burke Golf Course* $40 8:00 AM General
Bus Lot (IP Lot, south of campus) $150 8:00 AM Bus
RV (Credit Union) $150 8:00 AM RV
*Only Burke South will be open for parking on ND vs. Louisville game day

Please reference the Game Day Parking Map for the location of all functioning Game Day parking lots, or use our interactive Campus Map

Accessible Parking: Accessible parking is located in the Bulla Lot, located off of Bulla Road, just west of Twyckenham Drive. Access the lot from Twckenham Dr., then west onto Bulla Road. A valid state issued placard or license plate is required. Shuttles will provide accessible transportation to and from Gate 4 of the Joyce Center for patrons parking in this lot from 8:00 AM until 1 hour after the game.

Bus Parking: Bus parking has moved from the area between Gate 8 and 10 of the Joyce Center to Innovation Park. From SR 933, turn east onto Angela Blvd, proceed past Eddy Street (you’ll see new construction on the right), past the Fairfield Inn and Eddy Street town-homes, and toward University’s Innovation Park building on your right hand side. It is immediately across the street from the University’s track and field facility. Bus parking fee is $150 per game for the 2014 season and is available to purchase the day of the game. Parking passes for buses are not available to purchase in advance.

RV Parking: RV parking is located in and around the lots surrounding the Notre Dame Federal Credit Union. Access to these lots are from the south round-a-bout on Douglas Road, west to St. Joseph’s Drive, then north to the lots. Parking Services staff will cashier and assist with parking. RV parking fee is $150 per game for the 2014 season and is available to purchase the day of the game. Parking passes for RVs are not available to purchase in advance.

White Field Shuttle Buses: Run to and from the lot beginning at 8:00 AM. At least one bus will run throughout the entire game. Post-game buses will run until all lines are gone.

Reserved Parking

Lot Designation Open Time
Joyce Handicapped J Lot 8:00 AM
Joyce J Lot 8:00 AM
Library L Lot 8:00 AM
IP Grass K Lot 8:00 AM
Bookstore Bookstore Lot 8:30 AM

Parking Regulations

Overnight parking is prohibited in ALL Game Day parking lots.

All vehicles must vacate the parking lots three hours after the game’s conclusion. Any vehicles remaining will be towed.

Tailgating policies are in effect for all lots.

Traffic

Be sure to follow @ndtraffic for up to date traffic reports from the Indiana State Police on game days.

Please review the Post-Game Traffic Routes* when planning your departure from campus. … Read More

A Place of Peace: The Grotto

November 21, 2014

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The Grotto at Notre Dame is one of the most breathtaking places in America. This replica of the Grotto of Our Lady in Lourdes, France, has become a very popular devotional location on campus. With more than 225,000 candles lit per year, people of all faiths travel to find peace in this place of quiet reflection. When asked how many visitors the grotto has each year Basilica Sacristan John Zack replied, “We have never kept a count of how many visitors come to the Grotto each year. It’s really impossible. I do know that I’ve been through there at all hours of the day and night, in all kinds of weather and, more than likely, there is someone down there praying.”

On home football weekends, fans come from all across the country to light a candle and say a quick prayer at this holy site. “We use approximately 7200 of the glass candles, but due to the limited space for those, we have started this year putting out smaller candles so more people have a chance to light a candle” says, Zack.

It is difficult, in fact, to find a Notre Dame faithful who does not possess at least one memory of the Grotto’s silent beauty. “For a sports fan, visiting Notre Dame for a football weekend is like a pilgrimage. You go there to be a part of something bigger. To be a part of the tradition. To be a part of history. But there’s something more, something higher involved. Hard to explain, but when you’re here, whether you’re religious or not, I think you can feel it. No football weekend would be complete without a visit to this peaceful shrine that sits in the shadow of the Golden Dome.”

Be sure to complete your weekend on campus by spending a few quiet moments at one one of the beautiful wonders of the University of Notre Dame, The GrottoRead More

Louisville Weekend Update

November 21, 2014

Weather-Related Game Weekend Changes

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This post will be updated periodically to inform fans about weather-related game weekend changes.

Last updated 11/21/14, 2:27 PM ET

  • White Field, Burke (North and South), and K lots have been plowed and will be open on Saturday, November 22nd. Lots open at 8:00 a.m.
  • LaBar Practice Field will be closed to the public on Saturday, November 22nd.
  • The Notre Dame Marching Band will not practice or step-off to the Pep Rally on Friday, November 21st. Step-off is still set to occur on Saturday, November 22nd.
  • Courtesy Carts will not begin operating until 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 22nd.
  • Courtesy Cart services have been suspended for Friday, November 21st.
  • The Pedal Cab service will not operate on Friday, November 21st, or Saturday, November 22nd.

Please check back for more updates and follow Game Day on Twitter for up-to-the-minute game weekend information. … Read More