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Favorite Moments from the 2013 Season

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We asked fans to share their favorite moments from the 2013 Football season using #ND2013fav. Check out some of the favorite moments below! We’ll be posting more soon!











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2013 Pinstripe Bowl Weekend Guide

Schedule of Events from the Notre Dame Club of New York

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Friday, December 27

Group Tours of Yankee Stadium
One East 161st St. in the Bronx
3-4 PM
Want to get a behind the scenes view of Yankee Stadium? Here’s your chance! A limited number of private tours will be available for $25 per person. Depending on the number of registrants, each tour may include up to 35 participants.
Advance reservations are required. Tours are limited.
Click here to register.

The Official Notre Dame Weekend Kickoff and Pep Rally
Public House NYC
East 41st Street between Third Ave. and Lexington Ave.
6-10 PM
Start things off right by attending the official Notre Dame Weekend Kickoff and Pep Rally featuring members of the Notre Dame Sorin band and cheerleaders between 7 and 8 p.m. Enjoy extended happy hour pricing, Pinstripe Bowl merchandise, and giveaways provided by the Notre Dame Alumni Association. Other appearances will be detailed at the Notre Dame Club of New York website .
The price is $10 per person. Space is very limited.
Click here to register.

Saturday, December 28

Pre-Game Breakfast
Public House NYC
East 41st Street between Third Ave. and Lexington Ave.
9:30 – 10:30 AM
Stop by the Public House New York, and for $20 enjoy a breakfast sandwich and Irish coffees, Mimosas, and Bloody Marys. Reservations are strongly recommended to guarantee a spot.
Public House will begin to accept phone reservations on December 23 at 11 a.m. Call 212-682-3710.

Notre Dame vs. Rutgers in New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Yankee Stadium
One East 161st St. in the Bronx
12:15 PM

Notre Dame Mass
The Church of the Holy Innocents, 37th St. between Broadway and 7th St.
5:30 PM
Join the Notre Dame family and continue the Notre Dame tradition of celebrating Mass after a Notre Dame football game. Mass collection will benefit local food banks—many of which will have been depleted over the Christmas holiday.

Post-Game Specials
Check back often to the Notre Dame Club of New York website to view post-game dinner and drink specials from area restaurants and bars.

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Irish Release Football Schedules Through 2016

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2014 Schedule / 2015 Schedule / 2016 Schedule

The University of Notre Dame today announced its football schedules for 2014, 2015 and 2016 – the first three years of its new football relationship with the Atlantic Coast Conference. Those three seasons are the initial ones in which the Irish play five games per year against ACC opponents, with Notre Dame also in 2014 beginning its affiliation in the ACC postseason bowl alignment. A slight variation in the first two seasons will have Notre Dame playing four ACC foes in 2014, then six in 2015.

Those next three seasons, combined with the 2012 and 2013 schedules, show the Irish playing games in 10 of the top 12 metropolitan television markets in the country – New York (two games), Los Angeles (three), Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas-Fort Worth, San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose (two), Boston, Washington, D.C., Detroit and Phoenix. Notre Dame also played in Dublin, Ireland, in 2012.

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“Our schedules the next three seasons, combined with our 2012 and 2013 schedules, truly exhibit Notre Dame’s intention to celebrate our independence,” says Notre Dame vice president and director of athletics Jack Swarbrick.

“We will be playing in virtually every corner of the country and will have a strength of schedule that will serve us well in the new College Football Playoff format.”

The Irish will play their annual Shamrock Series games in 2014 in Indianapolis (Lucas Oil Stadium) against Purdue, in 2015 in Boston (Fenway Park) against Boston College and in 2016 in San Antonio (Alamodome) against Army. All three of those games will be televised in prime time by NBC. The Irish normally will play an alternating list of ACC opponents – with three games at home and two on the road one year, followed by three on the road and two at home the next season. Future Irish road schedules send Notre Dame to play away from home against two 2013 final BSC top-12 opponents – at Florida State (final BCS #1) in 2014 in Tallahassee, Fla., and at Clemson (BCS #12) in 2015 in Clemson, S.C.

In addition, in 2015 the Irish begin a four-game series with traditional power Texas – with the first game set for the 2015 Notre Dame season opener in Notre Dame Stadium and the second as the 2016 Irish season opener in Austin.

Notre Dame also will play host to Northwestern in 2014 at Notre Dame Stadium, in the Wildcats’ first visit to South Bend since 1995.

The Irish in both 2014 and 2016 will play ACC foe Syracuse at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

The 2014 Irish home game against Michigan will be a night game and will be televised in prime time by NBC.

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Christmas Shopping with ND Football

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Last week the Kelly Cares Foundation, in partnership with Meijer, sponsored a shopping spree adventure for local children. Each child was paired up with a Notre Dame Football player who helped them shop for special Christmas gifts. Check out the shopping adventure by watching the video below!

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Echoes 2013

Notre Dame Football Awards Celebration

On Friday the Fighting Irish Football team came together to celebrate the 2013 football season and team award winners. Check out the full video of the 2013 Echoes below.

2013 Echoes Award Winners

Scout Team Player of the Year-Offense: Torii Hunter Jr
Scout Team Player of the Year-Defense: Joe Romano
Newcomer of the Year-Offense: Tarean Folston
Newcomer of the Year-Defense: Jaylon Smith
“Irish Around The Bend” Award for Community Service/Involvement: Tyler Stockton
Father Lange Iron Cross Award for Strength and Conditioning: Carlo Calabrese
Special Teams Player of the Year: Kyle Brindza
Pietrosante Award (Best Teammate who exemplifies courage, loyalty, teamwork, pride, and dedication): Chris Watt & Dan Fox
Moose Krause Lineman of the Year-Defense: Stephon Tuitt
Guardian Life Insurance Guardian of the Year-Offense: Zack Martin
Rockne Student Athlete Award: Jarrett Grace
Next Man In Award: Kona Schwenke
Offensive Player of the Year: Tommy Rees
Defensive Player of the Year: Prince Shembo
Most Valuable Player: T.J. Jones

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Pinstripe Bowl Presser

Notre Dame and Rutgers Officially Welcomed to the 2013 New Era Pinstripe Bowl

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Head Coach Brian Kelly and Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick made a trip to Yankee Stadium to join Rutger’s Head Coach Kyle Flood and Athletic Director Julie Hermann at the 2013 Pinstripe Bowl press conference. New York Yankees President Randy Levine and Chief Operating Officer Lonn Trost were on hand to welcome the Irish and the Scarlet Knights.

Coach Kelly noted, “Christmastime in New York City is a reward our team is very excited about.” Hear what else Coach Kelly and Jack Swarbrick had to say by clicking here to view the press conference video.

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Notre Dame Headed to the Pinstripe Bowl

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For the first time in history, the University of Notre Dame is headed to the metropolitan New York area for a postseason football bowl game. Notre Dame (8-4) will meet a yet-to-be-determined American Athletic Conference representative in the 4th New Era Pinstripe Bowl at 12:15 p.m. EST on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, in 50,086-seat Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, N.Y.

It’s the fourth bowl appearance in as many seasons under Irish coach Brian Kelly, the fifth appearance for the Irish in the last six seasons and their eighth in the last 10 years. ESPN will televise the game and ESPN Radio also will carry the game. The Notre Dame IMG Football Radio Network also will carry the game.

For stadium, travel, and ticket information click here.

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The Usher Report: Paul Miller

On home game Saturdays, 700 individuals from 22 states and Canada enter through Gate A of the Football Stadium to report to the Usher Office. These individuals come together to make sure all fans have a fun and safe game experience at Notre Dame. They may scan your ticket as you enter the gate, they may help you find your seat, or they may help you with a question. Whatever it is that they do, they help to make your Game Day experience a great one. In recognition of their service to the University, we bring you the “Usher Report”, a series highlighting these gracious individuals who help to make Game Day at Notre Dame an experience unlike any other. This week we are highlighting, Paul Miller.

Paul Miller

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Each Football Friday, guests taking advantage of the Tunnel tour at Notre Dame Stadium are greeted with a cheerful, “Welcome to Notre Dame!” from a very tall gentleman with an unmistakable smile. His smile says, “I love Notre Dame and I am happy you are here.” Paul Miller is an Usher who is widely recognized by his peers and fans because of the infamous smile he has worn on his face during home game weekends for the past 35 years that he has been a part of the Usher Program.

Paul’s introduction to the Usher Program 35 years ago came somewhat unexpectedly, lucky for Paul. “Some things are just meant to be”, said Paul when describing how he became an Usher. "I had just finished The Dale Carnegie Course, and was sitting at a table with the freshman placement counselor from Bethel College at a pizza restaurant. He said during our conversation that he would like to find a replacement usher so he could resume playing soccer on Saturdays. I said I would like to be an usher. He placed my name in with Art James, the then Director of the Usher Program. In 1979 Art assigned Paul to be an Usher in Section 22 of Notre Dame Stadium and “the rest is history,” as Paul said.

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Paul served as an Usher in Section 22 for twenty years. Then, in 1999 Paul was promoted to Supervisor of the Tunnel. For the past fourteen years Paul and his great team of ushers have provided excellent hospitality, security, and service. While they have the pleasure of welcoming fans, they also have the unique role of welcoming both the Notre Dame and visiting Marching Bands, cheerleaders, coaches and players to Notre Dame Stadium at the famous Tunnel gate.

In Paul’s nearly 35 years at Notre Dame, he has no doubt had some memorable moments. However, when asked what his most memorable moment has been while serving as a Notre Dame Usher, Paul said, “Three years ago on a football Friday, I met four brothers and their terminally ill father in the Tunnel. One of the sons asked me if I could get the father into the (Play Like a Champion) sign for a picture. After hearing the condition of the father, I agreed. I let him put his hand on the sign and took pictures of the event for him. The following year at the Blue & Gold game, the sons of this gentleman came over to me and said that their father had passed away. They shook my hand and thanked me for making their father’s dream come true.” Paul went on to tell us, “If you know me at all, you know that I shed some tears right then and there.”

While Paul’s duties require him to focus on ensuring campus and Stadium Policies are followed, he also has a sincere understanding of and appreciation for the magnitude of the Notre Dame experience for fans. “I most enjoy how we all seem to want to make the Notre Dame experience a moment in our guests’ lives,” explained Paul. For the passion of his team and the many individuals who help to make the Game Day experience incredible, Paul would like to say, “Thank you!”

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For Paul, the Game Day experience has more to do with the Tunnel on Friday. “We get to meet with so many people from so many far flung places. On the Friday before the Navy game we met some rugby players from South Africa. On another occasion we met a lady from Thailand,” Paul explained. “So, as you can see, we at the Tunnel get to meet, talk to people and help make their Notre Dame experience a truly great one. And yes, some of these moments bring a tear to my eye.” Paul’s passion for the Notre Dame Game Day experience paired with his well known, “I love Notre Dame and I’m happy you’re here!” smile have made him an asset to and loved member of the Game Day team.

Paul, thank you for your commitment to our fans and your continued service to Our Lady’s University!

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Thank You From Game Day

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To Our Fans:
Thank you for your commitment to and passion for Notre Dame football and the Notre Dame Game Day experience. Each season our campus comes alive a bit more with each and every game. We love welcoming you to campus each weekend and sharing Notre Dame with you. We thank you for being respectful, passionate, and unwavering fans. Without you, the Game Day experience would not be the same.

To South Bend and the Surrounding Communities:
Thank you for hosting our thousands of fans each weekend. We thank your police and emergency responders for making game weekends safe and assisting fans when necessary. South Bend and the surrounding communities open their doors to make Irish fans from near and far feel at home each and every football weekend. The Notre Dame Football weekend experience would not be possible without the tireless efforts and incredible understanding of our neighbors.

To Our Partners Across Campus:
Thank you for all you do to make Game Day safe and fun for our fans and working staff. We could not have the remarkable Game Day we have with you. The many early mornings, late nights, and packed days are very appreciated by the Game Day team. You are an irreplaceable part our of team!

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Irish Eyes: BYU Weekend

Thanks to all of our fans who braved the cold and came out to support our seniors! Also, big thanks to our Irish fans who shared their Game Day experiences with us throughout the season using #NDgameday! Check out our favorite #NDgameday photos from our final home game. #NDgameday will be back in 2014!

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Senior Send-Off

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2013 Notre Dame Football Senior Game

Each season Notre Dame Football seniors are recognized before the full team takes the field for the last home game. This year we will be recognizing 33 seniors prior to kickoff against BYU.

Be sure to arrive by 3:15 PM to join fellow Notre Dame fans in saying “thank you” to our seniors for their hard work and dedication!

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The Notre Dame Experience

Join Us for the Ultimate ND Fan Experience

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The Notre Dame Experience will be open to the public from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM on Saturday, November 23rd in the Joyce Fieldhouse (north dome). Admission is free to the ND Experience. The ND Experience allows fans to emulate their favorite Irish player by participating in one of the three different interactive football games. Fans may also visit the other displays throughout the Notre Dame Experience for photo opportunities or to collect give-aways and samples for people of all ages.

Throughout the day, there will be entertainment including an autograph session with former Notre Dame football players, Notre Dame videos and programming and a visit by the Notre Dame cheerleaders and Leprechaun. Fans can enjoy concessions and drinks provided by Centerplate, pick up a souvenir from the Varsity Shop or charge your phone at the Sprint Charging Station in a relaxed family-friendly atmosphere. The festivities will wrap up at 3:00 PM with the showing of the Notre Dame Football ™ pre-game show on NBC and then the live broadcast of the game.

Events & activities for the BYU game include:

• Autograph session presented by Sprint from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM with former Notre Dame greats:
-Tony Rice & Brian Smith (11:30 AM – 12:30PM)
-Lee Becton & Reggie Brooks (12:30 PM – 1:30 PM)

• Notre Dame Cheerleaders shortly after noon

• Three different football skills challenge games and multiple photo opportunities

• Various giveaways and displays from the following partners:
-Steiner Sports
-Cadillac
-Comcast
-Notre Dame Group Ticket Sales

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BYU Pep Rally

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The Notre Dame-BYU football pep rally Friday (Nov. 22) will be held at the Compton Family Ice Arena on the University of Notre Dame campus. Make sure you arrive early to hear 2010 Alum Pat McKillen perform hits from his recently released album, the Red Headed Enemy. Doors will open at 4:15 p.m. EDT with the rally beginning at 6:00 p.m. As always, the rally is free and open to the public.

This will be the second football pep rally held at Compton. The rink will be covered and as many as 2,000 fans will be allowed on the floor directly in front of the stage. The facility itself seats just more than 5,000 spectators and seating is on a first come, first serve basis. The Notre Dame Marching Band, Leprechaun and cheerleaders will be in the house to help cheer on the Irish. The Compton Family Ice Arena will also hold a post-pep rally public skate. For more information click here.

Come out and support Coach Kelly, the 2013 Fighting Irish, and the seniors as we send them off for their last home game of the season against BYU.

FINISH STRONG!

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A Moment of Clarity: The Grotto

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The Grotto at Notre Dame is one of the most breathtaking places in America. This replica of the Grotto of Our Lady in Lourdes, France, has become a very popular devotional location on campus. With more than 225,000 candles lit per year, people of all faiths travel to find peace in this place of quiet reflection. When asked how many visitors the grotto has each year Basilica Sacristan John Zack replied, “We have never kept a count of how many visitors come to the Grotto each year. It’s really impossible. I do know that I’ve been through there at all hours of the day and night, in all kinds of weather and, more than likely, there is someone down there praying.”

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On home football weekends, fans come from all across the country to light a candle and say a quick prayer at this holy site. “We use approximately 7200 of the glass candles, but due to the limited space for those, we have started this year putting out smaller candles so more people have a chance to light a candle” says, Zack.

It is difficult, in fact, to find a Notre Dame faithful who does not possess at least one memory of the Grotto’s silent beauty. “For a sports fan, visiting Notre Dame for a football weekend is like a pilgrimage. You go there to be a part of something bigger. To be a part of the tradition. To be a part of history. But there’s something more, something higher involved. Hard to explain, but when you’re here, whether you’re religious or not, I think you can feel it. No football weekend would be complete without a visit to this peaceful shrine that sits in the shadow of the Golden Dome.”

Be sure to complete your weekend on campus by spending a few quiet moments at one one of the beautiful wonders of the University of Notre Dame, The Grotto

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Part of the Team

Notre Dame Football Student Managers

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Many would agree it is pretty hard to pay attention to anything other than the game when you’re watching Notre Dame Football. However, if you look on the field during pregame and timeouts, if you watch the sidelines during the game, and if you happen to stick around after the band plays at the end of the game, you have probably noticed a crew of students decked out in matching gear (many of them in shorts — it’s tradition!) and running from one place to the next, doing one thing after another. These busy individuals are the Notre Dame Football student managers, and they are key to the success of Notre Dame Football.

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Each year fourteen sophomores, seven juniors, and three seniors compose the team of Notre Dame Football student managers. From the group of fourteen sophomores, the seven juniors are chosen for the following year. Similarly, from the group of seven juniors, the three seniors are selected to oversee all of the younger student managers. With Notre Dame Football’s senior weekend upon us, we wanted to take a moment to recognize the hard work of the three senior managers. While they may not be suiting up in pads and helmets each weekend, they are no doubt a major part of the team.

Quinn White

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Quinn White spends most of his time during game week with Head Football Equipment Manager, Ryan Grooms, and Assistant Football Equipment Manager, Adam Myers. Ryan and Adam tell Quinn everything that must be done in the equipment room throughout the game week, whether it be a home or away game. Quinn is then responsible for delegating responsibilities to all of the younger managers. He then makes sure everyone gets out to the field to setup for practice. Once at practice, Quinn explained, “My job is to make sure practice goes smoothly, especially on the offensive end. I’ll talk with the GA’s, usually Coach Welsh and he’ll say, ‘This is what we’re going to do,’ and I’ll make sure everything gets done. Then I’ll go with the quarterbacks, Coach Martin, and Coach Kelly for the remainder of practice.”

On Game Day, Quinn handles the entire field setup, ensures pregame goes smoothly, manages field clean up, and oversees packing up the truck after the conclusion of the game. As a full-time student, Quinn no doubt has his hands full. However, he wouldn’t give this job up for anything.

“It’s an unbelievable experience to be out on the field. Some of the places I’ve been the last two years are really unbelievable,” said White. More importantly for Quinn, he is overwhelmed by the opportunity he has had to be part of something so special. “Notre Dame football is recognized everywhere you go and I knew I was never going to play here, but to be a part of the program and what is Notre Dame Football has to be my favorite part of the job.”

Daniel Byrne

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Daniel Byrne acts as the liaison between players and coaching staff. “A lot of my job has to do with attendance. So on a Tuesday I’ll get here and I’ll start tracking attendance of our players so that they’re in position meetings on time. Calling them, texting them, making sure everyone is here early so that we can get our meetings running officially,” explained Byrne. With a roster including 107 student-athletes, Daniel has a big job to do to ensure everyone is where they need to be on time.

On Fridays and Saturdays of game weekends Daniel is with the team at the hotel recording attendance for all meetings and meals. Daniel is also responsible for bed check. Daniel’s role requires him to spend most of his time interacting directly with the players and coaches, giving him a unique perspective.

For Dan, the best part of the job is getting to know the guys beneath the helmet. “Our players are pretty tremendous guys. They just treat all the managers really, really well,” said Daniel. “They’re always willing to call us out by name and ask us how we’re doing. To me, that’s really the best part. Going to team Mass and seeing the spiritual side of our team is also really incredible. Getting to know each student-athlete off the field has been pretty tremendous.”

Scott Grimes

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Scott’s duties require him to spend most of his time working with Ryan, Adam, and Quinn in the Equipment room. Scott works together with Quinn to delegate responsibilities to the younger student managers and manage the overall logistics of practices, game preparation, etc. While being a student manager for the Notre Dame Football team offers Scott a lot of great opportunities, what he’s loved most are the unique experiences he has had. “It’s incredible traveling to all of the cool places: to Ireland, out to USC, and — in a week — to Stanford,” said Scott. He is also incredibly grateful for his Notre Dame monogram, an honor recently bestowed on him and his fellow senior managers at the Fall Letterman Jacket Ceremony. “A monogram at the University of Notre Dame is a big deal.”

For many student managers, both past and present, each individual has a unique memory they designate as their favorite moment as a student manager. Scott explained, “My first game is my favorite moment. We were playing Michigan State, I was on the 20-yard line on Michigan State’s sideline and George Atkinson busted out and ran down the sideline right past us and I said, ‘Man, this is awesome.’ I was on the sidelines for the first time and it was just a cool experience.” While Scott’s first game made him realize how spectacular his role as a student manager is, there is no doubt his last game will hold similar significance.

For the three senior student managers, the final home game will be an opportunity to look back at an incredibly unique and rare opportunity. It will also be an opportunity to look ahead and recognize they will forever be a part of Notre Dame Football history.

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Quinn, Dan, and Scott would like to express their deep appreciation for their bosses, Ryan Grooms and Adam Myers. “They do a tremendous job with making us feel a part of the program. They treat us w/ the utmost respect. They have high expectations of us but their also very thankful of the work we do and they’re very good at what they do as well.”

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Football Facility Tours

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!

Friday Tunnel Tour

Friday Tunnel Tour

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Football Fridays (except during team walk-throughs)

Since 1931, every Notre Dame football team has walked down the same tunnel, to the same field before every home football game. On Fridays of football weekends, Game Day Operations and Athletics is proud to give every Irish fan the opportunity to walk the same fabled walk every Irish player has taken for the past 80 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.

Guglielmino Complex Open House

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8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Football Fridays (limited access*)

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.

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BYU Pep Rally

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The Notre Dame-BYU football pep rally Friday (Nov. 22) will be held at the Compton Family Ice Arena on the University of Notre Dame campus. Make sure you arrive early to hear 2010 Alum Pat McKillen perform hits from his recently released album, the Red Headed Enemy. Doors will open at 4:15 p.m. EDT with the rally beginning at 6:00 p.m. As always, the rally is free and open to the public.

This will be the second football pep rally held at Compton. The rink will be covered and as many as 2,000 fans will be allowed on the floor directly in front of the stage. The facility itself seats just more than 5,000 spectators and seating is on a first come, first serve basis. The Notre Dame Marching Band, Leprechaun and cheerleaders will be in the house to help cheer on the Irish. The Compton Family Ice Arena will also hold a post-pep rally public skate. For more information click here.

Come out and support Coach Kelly, the 2013 Fighting Irish, and the seniors as we send them off for their last home game of the season against BYU.

FINISH STRONG!

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The Usher Report: Sue Harper

On home game Saturdays, 700 individuals from 22 states and Canada enter through Gate A of the Football Stadium to report to the Usher Office. These individuals come together to make sure all fans have a fun and safe game experience at Notre Dame. They may scan your ticket as you enter the gate, they may help you find your seat, or they may help you with a question. Whatever it is that they do, they help to make your Game Day experience a great one. In recognition of their service to the University, we introduce the “Usher Report”, a series highlighting these gracious individuals who help to make Game Day at Notre Dame an experience unlike any other. First up, Sue Harper.

Sue Harper

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Sue Harper is one of our top Ushers and one of our Guest Service Team members. She currently resides in nearby Mishawaka and has been part of the Usher program for eight “fun filled years”, Sue said.

As one of our ambassadors on Game Days, Sue brings passion and excitement to her role as she welcomes fans to campus and does all she can to ensure each guest has a great Game Day experience. Rain, cold, or extreme heat won’t stop Sue from smiling at all times.

Sue serves as the Gate Supervisor at Gate C, where she offers guidance to her team as they welcome fans to the Stadium and look to assist in any way they can. Sue’s positive attitude and commitment to hospitality reflect on to the group of Ushers she supervises at Gate C.

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When asked what her most memorable moment has been while serving as an Usher and Guest Service Team member, Sue said, “Meeting Coach Jim Harbaugh in the tunnel during the Stanford walk through. He approached me as the team was leaving the stadium. We had a lengthy conversation about the Ushers being so nice to the visiting team, and the Stanford stadium.”

As an Usher and Guest Service Team member, Sue is responsible for ensuring campus and Stadium policies are followed. When Sue needs to inform fans of certain policies of which they may not be aware, she has a great way of handling these situations with kindness and understanding.

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Both the role of being an Usher as well as a Guest Service Team member have offered Sue an incredible opportunity to work with many wonderful individuals. When asked what she enjoys most about this, Sue responded, “I have met so many nice people from different cities and states that I would have never known otherwise. It is wonderful to get to work with people who also love Notre Dame and share the same goals to want our guests to have the best game day experience possible. I have found the teamwork and comradery between the Ushers and Guest Service Team members to be second to none. I look forward to each game weekend so I can see all the dear friends that have become like a second family to me.”

Sue explained the most rewarding parts of being an Usher and Guest Service Team member are, “Sharing my enthusiasm for Notre Dame with our visiting guests. Especially when someone says, ‘This is my first visit. What should I see or where should I go?’ I love it when a fan gets to walk down the tunnel for the first time. I also find it very rewarding I can offer solutions to fix a situation to improve someone’s Game Day experience.” Her excitement for sharing Notre Dame with our guests is unmatched and her commitment to making Game Days great for all fans is admirable.

Sue is truly a valued member of both the Usher and Guest Service Team programs. We thank her for her continued service and commitment to Our Lady’s University!

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