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Green Friday: Halloween Edition

October 29, 2014

Goblins, Ghosts, Ghouls, and Green!


After a weekend without Notre Dame football, we know Irish fans are looking forward to the upcoming weekend. While we’re always excited about kicking off game weekends with Green Friday, we are particularly ecstatic about Green Friday this week because it is also Halloween!

In honor of this fun, fall holiday falling on our beloved Green Friday, we are holding a virtual costume contest. The top ten most creative Green Friday Halloween costumes will be awarded with Game Day shades. To submit your photo, simply tag your tweet or Instagram post with #GreenFriday. Winners will be selected by 12 p.m. ET on Monday, November 3rd. … Read More

Notre Dame vs. ASU Kickoff Time Released

October 28, 2014

Notre Dame To Face Arizona State At 3:30 p.m. EST On ABC


The University of Notre Dame football team will meet Arizona State University at 3:30 p.m. EST (1:30 p.m. MST) on Nov. 8, 2014, at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. ABC Sports will televise the game nationally, as announced today by the Pacific-12 Conference. ABC previously nationally televised 2014 Irish games against Syracuse and Florida State.

Notre Dame and Arizona State will be meeting for the fourth time overall. This will be the second time Notre Dame has played in Tempe. The Irish lead the series 3-0:

  • Notre Dame defeated Arizona State 28-9 on Oct. 10, 1998, at Sun Devil Stadium
  • Notre Dame defeated Arizona State 48-17 on Oct. 9, 1999, at Notre Dame Stadium
  • Notre Dame defeated Arizona State 37-34 on Oct. 5, 2013, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas (Shamrock Series game)
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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.


“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.” … Read More

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


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.


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.”


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.


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.


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.


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

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All Eyes on the Irish

October 13, 2014

‘College GameDay’ Heads to Florida for ND at FSU


“College GameDay” will broadcast from Tallahassee on October 18th prior to the match-up between the No. 5 Fighting Irish and the No. 2 Seminoles. In 1993 the show went on the road to South Bend for the first time to cover the game between then No. 2 Notre Dame and No. 1 Florida State. Although Lee Corso chose Florida State to win, 31-30, the Irish pulled out a victory over the Seminoles, 31-24.

Game coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Game Day vs. UNC

October 12, 2014









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Game Day Parking - North Carolina

October 10, 2014



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

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.


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

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Notre Dame Stadium Bag Policy

October 10, 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


  • 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

Together in Prayer & Remembrance

October 08, 2014

14th Annual Blue Mass


The 14th annual Blue Mass for police officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and their families will be celebrated Oct. 9 (Thursday) at 5:15 p.m. in the University of Notre Dame’s Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., will preside, and Rev. Charlie Kohlerman, C.S.C., will preach.

Robert Tracy, chief of Chicago Police Crime Control Strategy and former captain in the New York City police department, will offer a reflection following the Mass.

Since October 2001, the University of Notre Dame has held an annual Mass honoring police officers, emergency medical technicians and firefighters who have lost their life in the line of duty and those who serve and protect us on a daily basis. The Blue Mass is named for the predominant color of uniforms worn by police officers and firefighters nationwide. The date for this observance is chosen annually to be as close as possible to the the “month’s mind” events of September 11th, 2001, in accordance with an ancient tradition of the Catholic Church in which the souls of the faithful departed are remembered in a special way thirty days after their passing. … Read More