Game Day

Game Day Run Club

Get a running start on Game Days this season!


Game Day Operations brings fans Game Day Run Club; a guided, scenic running tour of campus on game day mornings. Beginning four weeks prior to each game, fans and 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. The run will begin at 8:00 a.m. ET, with check-in opening at 7:30 a.m from Gate 3 of the north dome of the Joyce Center (adjacent to Gate A of Notre Dame Stadium) for all 3:30 p.m. kickoffs.  

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 being 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 websiteTwitter, Facebook, and Instagram! Register for Virginia Tech Run Club today! Additional information will be available when registration opens!

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.

LaBar Practice Field

Labar Wording

Open to the public and free to visit on Game Days from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for 3:30 p.m. kickoffs and 2 - 6 p.m. for 7:30 p.m. kickoffs. Come toss your football on the same practice field as the Fighting Irish football team!

Please Note: Availability is subject to change.

Fan Fest 

Fan Fest is located in the north dome of Purcell Pavilion at 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 and then the live broadcast of the game.

Player Walk

Player Walk Umass

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. Stay tuned for the team's path!

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

  • 1:15 p.m. for 3:30 p.m. kickoffs
  • 5:15 p.m. for 7:30 p.m. kickoffs



  • 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!

Student Section

Student Sec

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 27th Shirt is Royal Blue for 2016!

Students stand throughout the entire game, screaming along with every cheer, dancing the jig, doing pushups matching the Irish score when a touchdown is scored, and numerous other things 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.

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 of the game. Of course...all bets are off if the student body ends up on the field, wildly celebrating.

Alma Mater

Student Alma Mater

When the Irish win, you will see the team approach the student section to sing the Alma Mater together. Notre Dame fans and the team put their arms around the person to their left and to their right and sing along with one another.

Team Alma Mater

Victory Clog

Irish Guard

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