Game Day

Game Day Run Club

Get a running start on Game Days this season!

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Game Day Operations presents the Game Day Run Club; a guided, scenic running tour of campus on game day mornings. Beginning a month prior to each game, guests will have the opportunity to register for their run of choice for $15. Registration is capped at 50 participants for each Run Club.

Temporary parking will be provided for all Game Day Run Club participants from 7:00-10:00 a.m. ET in the Bulla Parking Lot off of Twyckenham Drive and Bulla Road.  Check-in at Gate 2* (Joyce Center), 30 minutes prior to your elected run.  Run start times will vary and be dependent on game kickoff times.

*Gate 2 is adjacent to Corbett Family Hall (east) 

2018 Run Times

Date Opponent Run Start Time Registration
September 1 Michigan 9:00 a.m. Closed
September 8 Ball State TBD Closed
September 15 Vanderbilt 8:00 a.m. Closed
September 29 Stanford 9:00 a.m. Closed
October 13 Pittsburgh 8:00 a.m. Closed
November 10 Florida State 9:00 a.m. Closed

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! At the beginning of each run, participants will have the opportunity to choose their pace level and group.  Runs will last between 30 minutes and 45 minutes, depending on each group's pace and ability level. All runs are lead by members of the Notre Dame Tri Team and campus staff that are avid runners!  After the run, participants will return to retrieve their belongings and enjoy post-run refreshments before heading out to enjoy Game Day!

Registration openings will be announced on our website, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram! Additional information will be available when registration opens, approximately one month prior to each game.

See you this fall before the Fighting Irish home football games

In cases of inclement weather, participants will be notified of changes to Game Day Run Club via the email address they provide and reimbursed if the run is cancelled by The University.

**Please check out information for the Game Day Chase 5K/10K.

Game Day Yoga

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Join the McDonald Center for Student Well-Being, RecSports, and Game Day to energize your home game mornings with free yoga open to all ability levels!  

When the weather is fair and warm, Game Day Yoga will be located at the sundial on the south side of Jordan Hall of Science.  If the weather is poor or too cold, Game Day Yoga will be located at Rolfs Sports Recreation Center.  Registered participants will receive location confirmation via email.  Location announcements will also be made via Twitter (follow @McWellND for up-to-date information).

Game Day Yoga is free for participants and all abilities are welcome to join.  A limited number of yoga mats are available for use.  Participants are welcome to bring their own mats. A complimentary short-term parking permit is available to participants who register and request a permit.  This permit allows participants to park in the Bulla Lot on the east side of campus at the corner of Twyckenham Drive and Bulla Road between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.  Registered participants will receive their parking permit via email.

Registration is encouraged for participants to receive a complimentary short-term parking pass and location updates in case of inclement weather.  Register at

LaBar Practice Field

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Open to the public and free to visit on Game Days! 

Come toss your football on the same practice field as the Fighting Irish football team!

Kickoff Time Hours of Operation
2:30 p.m. kickoff 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
3:30 p.m. kickoff 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
7:30 p.m. kickoff 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Please Note: Availability is subject to change.

Fan Fest 


Fan Fest is located on the 2nd-floor concourse of the Joyce Center.

  • Open from 10:00 a.m. to thirty minutes before kickoff for all home games. 
  • LIVE ABC57 Saturday Kickoff Show: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Admission is free to the dynamic and redesigned Fan Fest allowing fans to view segments with ND Football greats, on-stage interviews, interactive opportunities, games, food, autographs, and giveaways.
  • The festivities will wrap up at 3 p.m. with the showing of the Notre Dame Football pregame show on NBC Sports.

Player Walk

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Coach Kelly and the Irish football team arrive at the Gug on Saturday afternoons for final preparations before taking the field at Notre Dame Stadium. After the team walks from the Gug to the Hesburgh Library, they proceed south toward the Stadium, and enter the house that Rockne built through the North Tunnel gates. 

The Player Walk takes place 2 hours and 15 minutes before kickoff:

  • 12:15 p.m. for 2:30 p.m. kickoff
  •   1:15 p.m. for 3:30 p.m. kickoff
  •   5:15 p.m. for 7:30 p.m. kickoff


  • Warmups

    Fans may enter the Stadium 90 minutes prior to kickoff and are welcome to catch pregame warm-ups on the field.
  • Warm-ups start approximately one hour before kickoff.
  • Get to the Stadium early to see the players work with their position coaches to get ready for their opponent!

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Student Section

Students stand throughout the entire game, screaming along with every cheer, dancing the jig, or doing push-ups matching the Irish score on every touchdown to show support for their classmates on the field. Whether the Irish are up on their opponent or down, Notre Dame students provide their full support until beyond when the clock hits zero.Notre Dame students take their football seriously and make their presence known at home games. The student section stands in the northwest corner of the stadium, where field pads read, "We Are ND". Most students wear The Shirt making the student section appear as a sea of green, blue, or gold depending on the Shirt's color. The 29th Shirt will be unveiled in the spring at Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore.

Win or lose, the student body will still be there at the end of every Notre Dame home game to honor their classmates on the field. Students stay in the stands until the team leaves the field, no matter the result. 

Alma Mater


At the conclusion of each game, the team approaches the student section to sing the Alma Mater together.  As the Notre Dame band begins to play, fans and the team put their arms around each other and sway arm-in-arm as they sing.

Victory Clog

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After every win, the Irish Guard perform their traditional Victory Clog for fans before they join the band to leave the field.