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1932 Restored Rockne Studebaker

Rockne Studebaker

Subway Alum George Gajdos from San Juan Capistrano, CA, has restored a 1932 Rockne Studebaker and has graciously offered its use for Notre Dame’s Rockne Heritage Fund/Director’s Circle Recognition Weekend. The Rockne Studebaker model was only produced for two years, 1932 and 1933. Knute Rockne was aware of the production of his namesake automobile but never saw a finished product as the first completed Rockne Studebaker’s hit the road just months after the Coach’s untimely death in 1931.

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Notre Dame Takes on Pittsburgh at 12:00 E.T.

George Atkinson

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will take on the Pittsburgh Panthers and first year coach, Todd Graham, this Saturday at Heinz Field, at 12:00pm E.T. The Pittsburgh Panthers are currently 2-1 this season and 2-0 at home.The Panthers are averaging 32 points a game while only giving up 25 points a game to their opponent.

The 2011 encounter will mark the 67th game between the Panthers and Irish in a series that dates back to 1909. In the most recent meeting, Notre Dame defeated Pitt, 23-17, last year in South Bend.

The Fighting Irish look to go on the road and win back to back games to improve their record to 2-2 on the season.

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Mike Lee Set to Fight Friday Night At Purcell Pavilion

Mike Lee

Former Notre Dame Bengal Bout boxing champion Mike Lee will feature in the Main Event of “Fight Like a Champion,” a professional boxing event at the University of Notre Dame to be held this Friday night, Sept. 16 benefitting a pair of Notre Dame charities.

All profits from this special evening of professional boxing held at the Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center (basketball arena) will be donated to two charities associated with Notre Dame — the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation and the Robinson Community Learning Center in South Bend.

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Parseghian's '66 National Title Team at MSU Rally

Ara Parseghian talks to the Notre Dame Football Team

Coach Ara Parseghian and members of the1966 National Championship Football Team will be at the Michigan State Pep Rally along with Coach Kelly and the Fighting Irish as they get ready to beat the Spartans. The ’66 team is celebrating the 45th anniversary of their 1966 National Championship season that included the famous 10-10 tie against MSU.

Come out to hear from Coach Parseghian and cheer on the Irish as they prepare to battle for the Megaphone Trophy!

The Pep Rally will be at the Irish Green, Friday at 6:00pm.

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Thank You from the Director of Game Day

Lightning Over Notre Dame Stadium

Thank you to all the fans and guests who were at Notre Dame this past Saturday for the game and who responded so well to the request to evacuate the Stadium (twice) due to the severe weather in the area. During the two weather delays, there were 335 lightning strikes within a 10 mile radius of campus. Two of the strikes each measured seven tenths of a mile from campus. The photo highlighted above depicts the one strike that occurred directly west of campus. The number of strikes and their close proximity to campus serve as a reminder of the importance to heed weather warnings and the call to seek shelter.

We are proud of how our fans and guests responded on Saturday to the adverse weather conditions!

GO IRISH!

Mike Seamon
Associate Vice President for Campus Safety
Director of Game Day Operations

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New Player Walk Announced

Player Walk to Stadium

Coach Kelly and the Irish football team have adjusted their pregame routine for the 2011 season. Following Mass at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the team will board buses and drive through the tailgate lot south of Notre Dame Stadium on their way to the Gug for some last minute meetings. Following the meetings, the team will walk from the Gug to the Hesburgh Library and proceed south toward the Stadium in the shadow of Touchdown Jesus.

Check out und.com for an in-depth walk through of the new route from the Basilica to the Stadium via the Gug. Full maps here.

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Football Luncheon Tickets on Sale Now

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Tickets are now on sale for the six Friday Notre Dame Football Live kickoff luncheons for the 2011 University of Notre Dame football season.

Those events are slated for noon (Eastern time) on Sept. 2 (South Florida) and 16 (Michigan State), Oct. 7 (Air Force), 21 (USC) and 28 (Navy), and Nov. 18 (Boston College) in the north dome (field house) of the Joyce Center.…

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Post Game Traffic Delays Due to Road Construction

Road construction on several streets near the University of Notre Dame campus likely will cause longer-than-normal traffic delays during the 2011 football season, especially after games.

A construction workers’ strike during the summer has delayed numerous road projects throughout Indiana, including work on Angela Boulevard, west of the campus, which is closed to all traffic until December.

In addition, State Road 933 (Michigan Street) south of the campus will be open only to vehicles weighing less than 10 tons, which will mean restrictions for buses, semi-tractor trailers and many recreational vehicles.

Map with all campus and many proximate city streets clearly marked.

More info.

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Centerplate Announces 2011 Stadium Concessions

Centerplate, the largest hospitality partner to North America’s premier sports stadiums, convention centers and entertainment venues, announced today a series of new menu concepts, service enhancements and fan promotions for the upcoming Fighting Irish football season.

Centerplate increased the stadium’s cooking capacity with the addition of new grill stands, carving stations, and chef-attended action carts on the concourse. They have also installed a new point-of-sale system, which will speed service and provide fans greater payment flexibility.

More info on new Centerplate menu items.

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Notre Dame Cracks the Top 25 in Pre Season Polls

Theo Riddick

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will begin the 2011 Season ranked in the top 25 in both the AP and USA Today/Coaches Poll. Notre Dame is currently ranked 16th in the AP Poll and 18th in the USA Today Coaches Poll. This marks the highest preseason rankings for the Irish since 2006 squad. The Irish have appeared in 50 of the 62 AP preseason polls, most recently in 2009.

Three Notre Dame opponents appear in the 2011 preseason poll: Stanford (#4), Michigan State (#18), and USC (#25). Air Force, Pittsburgh, Michigan, and Maryland also received votes. With more than half of it’s opponents receiving votes in the opening poll, Notre Dame’s 2011 schedule will certainly put the ranked Irish to the test.

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Pep Rally Times and Locations are Official

The first four Pep Rally times and locations have been set for the 2011 Football Season. Please come out and support the Fighting Irish as they prepare to have a great season. The schedule for 2011 is as follows:

Friday, September 2, South Florida – Dillion Hall (South Quad) at 6:00pm
Friday, September 16, Michigan State – Irish Green at 6:00pm
Friday, October 7, Air Force – Irish Green at 6:00pm
Friday, October 21, USC – Irish Green at 6:00pm

The schedules are set so that you can make plans to come cheer on the Irish as they prepare for the opener against the South Florida Bulls.

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Devine Statue To Be Added

Dan Devine

A sculpture of former University of Notre Dame football coach Dan Devine, a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and coach of the 1977 Irish national championship team, will be dedicated Friday, Oct. 7 (the day before Notre Dame’s home football game against Air Force), at Notre Dame Stadium. The dedication will take place at Notre Dame Stadium’s Gate A, which in 2010 was designated the Devine gate when the sculptures of Knute Rockne (north tunnel), Ara Parseghian (Gate B), Frank Leahy (Gate C) and Lou Holtz (Gate D) were re-located outside the stadium walls. Rockne, Parseghian, Leahy, Holtz and Devine are the five former Irish football coaches – all of them Hall of Fame inductees – who have won one or more national titles at Notre Dame.

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2010 Irish (finally) Sign with NFL Teams

The wait is finally over for Notre Dames’ 2010 free agents that have waited eagerly to sign with a team and start playing football again. The signees are as follows:

NFL

  • Armando Allen (RB) –Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Robert Hughes (RB) – Chicago Bears
  • Kerry Neal (LB) – Indianapolis Colts
  • Brian Smith (LB) – Cleveland Browns
  • Chris Stewart (OL) – New York Jets
  • Darrin Walls (DB) – Atlanta Falcons
  • Ian Williams (DT) – San Francisco 49ers

The seven graduates listed above will join Kyle Rudolph (TE) of the Minnesota Vikings in preparation of the 2011 season. We wish them all a successful future in the National Football League. Good Luck with Training Camp and let football begin!

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'Throwback Uniforms' for UM Game Unveiled

Notre Dame Uniforms for Michigan game, September 10th, 2011

The University of Notre Dame today unveiled retro-style adidas football uniforms that the Fighting Irish will wear against Michigan on Sept. 10, 2011, to celebrate the first night game ever played at Michigan Stadium.

This will be the first prime-time meeting between the Irish and Wolverines since a 1990 matchup of top-five teams in South Bend. ESPN will broadcast the game nationally at 8 p.m. EDT.

“We are happy to partner with adidas to help commemorate the first night game at Michigan Stadium with new uniforms,” said Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly. “It seems fitting that the two schools with the two best winning percentages in college football play in this historic game. I know our players are looking forward to the contest and both teams’ new uniforms will only add to the excitement in the Big House on September 10.”

More pictures of the new retro uniforms.

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Notre Dame Locker Room Tour

With Commencement 2011 behind us, the next full University event in Notre Dame Stadium will be Notre Dame vs. South Florida on Saturday, September 3rd!

To get in the ‘football state-of-mind’ check out the virtual tour of the Notre Dame Stadium locker room constructed by Univeristy photographer Matt Cashore and the Office of Public Affairs and Communication. Be sure to turn your sound up as you enjoy the virtual tour!

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USC Mass Times Announced

Basilica of the Sacred Heart

Due to the nighttime start of the Notre Dame vs. USC game on October 22nd, the traditional post game Basilica and Stepan Center Masses have been moved to pre-kickoff. The Basilica Mass will begin at 4:00 pm while the Stepan Center Mass will begin at 4:15 pm. Click Here for the current USC weekend Game Day schedule and here for more information about masses at Notre Dame.

This is the first announced change of the Game Day schedule to accommodate the later start time of the USC night game. Please continue to visit gameday.nd.edu for up-to-date information about the USC weekend and all other Game Day news.

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Coaches Wives Weekend Fundraiser

Throughout this annual Blue-Gold Weekend, the University of Notre Dame Department of Athletics in partnership with the Notre Dame Coaches’ Wives will be hosting a clothing and food drive as part of a community service initiative in order to benefit local charitable organizations. All participants will be entered to win fabulous prizes including an ND Football Weekend Experience Package, a “Play Like a Champion Today” sign autographed by the Notre Dame Head Coaches, an adidas Coaches’ Package, a personalized football autographed by Head Football Coach, Brian Kelly, and more!!

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2011 'The Shirt' Unveiling

2010front

University of Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly will again be the featured speaker at the annual kick-off celebration and unveiling ceremony for The Shirt 2011, to be held Friday (April 15) from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore. Shirts will be available for purchase immediately after the 5:45 p.m. unveiling.

Here is more information about the event.

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2011 Kickoff Times Announced

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Look for a couple of new wrinkles connected with football at the University of Notre Dame in 2011.

The Irish for the first time in 21 years will play a night game at Notre Dame Stadium – and the University for the first time will go to variable game ticket pricing for its home football schedule.

The Notre Dame-USC game slated for Oct. 22, 2011, at Notre Dame Stadium will kick off at 7:30 p.m. EDT.

“We are very excited about the opportunity to play host to a home night game. While we will do this only on a selective basis, we think it is important to occasionally use the platform of a prime-time game to promote the University and our football program,” said Notre Dame athletics director Jack Swarbrick.

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