First Football Friday 2016 Season

Author: Ami Driscoll

Football Friday

Fighting Irish fans and guests who come to campus on home football weekends have special opportunities to get a sneak peek inside some of the areas that are usually exclusive to Notre Dame football players and coaches. Both the Guglielmino Complex Open House and Friday Tunnel Tour are free and open to the public. Come get a taste of the history and tradition built by all of our Irish Greats!

Guglielmino Complex Open House

8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Football Fridays

The Guglielmino Complex provides the Notre Dame football team with one of the top facilities in the nation. Often referred to as "The Gug" (pronounced Goog), the state of the art facility houses the football practice week locker rooms, coaches' offices and meeting rooms in addition to enhanced sports medicine, strength and conditioning and weight room equipment areas for all Notre Dame student athletes. To top it off the Gug houses various awards won by former Irish greats, such as Heisman trophies.

On Football Fridays fans will have the opportunity to see these awards, as well as the National Championship trophy and other great Notre Dame memorabilia. 

Only the areas featuring the trophies and National Championship banners will be open to the public with limited access.

Tours of the Gug are free and open to the public on Football Fridays. The Gug is located near the intersection of Leahy and Courtney Drives on campus. 

Friday Stadium Tunnel Tours

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Football Fridays

Since 1930, every Notre Dame football team has walked down the same tunnel on to the same field before every home football game since its inception during former head coach Knute Rockne's era. 

On Fridays of football weekends, Game Day Operations and Athletics is proud to give every Irish fan and guests to the University the opportunity to walk the same fabled walk every Irish player has taken for the past 86 years. Come experience the North Tunnel of Notre Dame Stadium, take pictures with the field in the background, and feel the echoes waiting to be awoke.

Please note tours are not available during team walk-throughs, but will resume upon completion.

Tours begin at the Knute Rockne Gate at the north tunnel of Notre Dame Stadium, across from the Word of Life Mural featured at Hesburgh Library, commonly referred to as Touchdown Jesus. 

The Football Friday Tours are free and open to the public and fans and guests have an opportunity to walk down the tunnel to the north end zone of the stadium. 

Food Trucks will be available near Knute Rockne Gate with food and non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Pep Rally

Notre Dame Pep Rallies are hosted around campus on home game weekend Friday evenings at 5:45 p.m. ET.

Nevada (Sept. 9) - outside the Rockne Memorial Building 

Food Trucks will be available near South Quad with food and non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase fro 4-8 p.m.

Michigan State (Sept. 16) - Purcell Pavilion

Duke (Sept. 23) - Joyce Center Field House (north dome)

Stanford (Oct. 14) - Compton Family Ice Arena

Miami (Oct. 28) - Hesburgh Library mall

Virginia Tech (Nov. 18) - Joyce Center Field House (north dome)

There is no admission charge and there are no tickets required for the pep rallies!

For information for your home game weekend, be sure to check out events surrounding the Nevada weekend!

Courtesy Cart Service

To experience all that a game weekend has to offer, Game Day extends our courtesy golf carts service to everyone on campus. The courtesy carts operate as a flag-down service and are available for one-way rides around campus. Available from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

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