Usher/GST of the week
Dressed in their traditional yellow jackets and hats, the Notre Dame ushers are charged with organizing more than 80,000 fans who fill the seats at Notre Dame Stadium each and every home game Saturday to cheer on the Irish. Visitors and students would agree they are engrained in the tradition of home football weekends and the history of the Usher program goes back to the Knute Rockne era.
Started in the 1930’s, the Usher Club was originated by Notre Dame Alumn and student football manager Daniel Halpin. The primary function of the club was for its members to serve as ushers at home football games. After the first announcement of the club on September 7, 1930, approximately 1,040 men applied for a membership. Knute Rockne attended the first meeting, promising the men of the club, that if they gave the fans of the Irish their money’s worth and treated them as fans should be treated, then he would give them their money’s worth on the field. He concluded by also promising the ushers club a banquet at the end of the season.
Throughout the years, the Usher Club has progressed into the Usher Program and has extended beyond home football games. The Usher program staffs all athletic events, student move in, summer athletic camps, student dances, commencement and many other university events across campus. Over 800 ushers are on the roster, with approximately 700 of these individuals staffing each home football game. The men and women that make up the Usher Program come from near and far, representing 22 states and Canada. In its 86 year existence, Notre Dame Ushers have been a staple and time honored tradition of Notre Dame Football and provide a truly special Game Day experience for thousands of fans and guests of the university.
Every home game weekend, as thousands of football fans fill Notre Dame Stadium and Notre Dame campus and so do our beloved ushers and GST’s helping you find your seat, gate, or answering questions about the historical landmarks on campus. We talked to a few of our ushers and guest service team members who have been here from the beginning and asked them about some of the memories they have had in Notre Dame Stadium and on campus.
An extension of the usher program, started in 2009 our Guest Service Team (GST) members can be seen across campus on a Game Day weekend in their green jackets. Over 50 GST’s are ready and able to answer your Game Day questions and direct you to locations across campus. Our Guest Service Team, are always there to “Welcome you to Notre Dame”
While you are entering campus this season, say hello to any one of our 800+ ushers or 50+ gst’s, they have seen and heard many things in their years working at the university and have stories and memories of Knute Rockne, Ara Parasegian, Lou Holtz and Frank Leahy that they would love to share with any one of our guests. Help them make more memories at Notre Dame Stadium and of the Fighting Irish and they will most certainly help you in creating your own memories and leave South Bend having had the best Notre Dame experience.