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Views of Game Day vs. Michigan State

Thanks to all of our Irish fans who showed us game day through their eyes using #NDgameday! We will be posting our TOP 10 favorite photos on Instagram each week. Check out our favorites from Michigan State!

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Hesburgh Library 50th Anniversary Campus Celebration

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Join Notre Dame faculty and students, along with special guests, as we kick-off the 50th Anniversary Celebration for the Hesburgh Library in the Library Mall immediately preceding the Michigan State pep rally. All are invited to share in celebrating this important milestone with words of reflection and renewal offered by university leaders.

Enjoy Live music by Oblates of Blues and sweets courtesy of au bon pain (while supplies last). Be sure to share favorite memories and your well wishes for another 50 years by signing our jumbo card or recording video greetings.

Rain location: Hesburgh Library Concourse

Friday, September 20th
4:00p – 6:00p

50th Anniversary Celebration
Hesburgh Library Richard & Margaret Carey Courtyard
Rain location: Hesburgh Library Concourse

4:45p – 5:05p Celebration Program:

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., President;
Dr. Thomas G. Burish, Provost;
Diane Parr Walker Edward H. Arnold University Librarian

Michigan State Pep Rally to follow in the Purcell Pavilion

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Irish Eyes: Fr. Peter Rocca, C.S.C.

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Fr. Peter Rocca, C.S.C., is the Rector for the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame and an Associate Director for Liturgy within the Office of Campus Ministry. Since 1980, Fr. Rocca has also served as the Director of Liturgy and Music at Moreau Seminary.

“Coming to Notre Dame for a football game is a lot more than just a football game. I would guess people that go to a lot of other schools, like Northwestern, (or) Ohio State, (or) Michigan State, or Michigan, a lot of those people go just for the game, they tailgate and watch football. That’s pretty much where the focus is. Normally what you often hear people say when they’re coming to Notre Dame is that it’s a football weekend. A lot of people get here on Friday, and you sense the difference on campus. With all of the traditions that are a part of Notre Dame, it would be hard to find any other place that would be comparable to this. Football here is much bigger than just a football game. Well I won’t say that this couldn’t happen at other places, but certainly it’s something very special to Notre Dame. People want to go to the football game and tailgating is very important but for a lot of people, not everybody, but for a lot of people it entails going to things like hearing the band play on the steps of bond hall, it entails going to the grotto and praying, it entails visiting the basilica; not to mention there are all of these images of Jesus and Mary all around campus. It contributes to the uniqueness of this place. Notre Dame is a very special place.”

Post-game Basilica Mass: 30 minutes after the conclusion of the game

“We have over 100,000 people who visit the basilica over the course of the year. So a lot of these visitors are here on football weekends. The mass in the Basilica, they’re hanging from the rafters! They are on the floor, they’re on the steps, they’re in the aisle; I mean every inch is taken up for these post game masses. Plus the masses on Sunday are jammed, so jammed that we’ve added an additional mass at 8 am on Sunday. Now that mass isn’t jammed but it’s still a full house. We are one of the only football stadiums in the country that announce the mass schedule. It’s wonderful.”

Post-game Stephan Center Mass: 45 minutes after the conclusion of the game

“We started a choir to sing at the Stephan Center Mass. They’re our celebration choir under the direction of Karen Schneider-Kirner and she has done a great job. Rather than make plans with their friends and family after the games they make a commitment to be here at the masses which is pretty admirable. So these are some of the things that make a Notre Dame football weekend unique.”

Post-game Mass in the Residence Halls: 30 minutes after the conclusion of the game

These include:

  • Alumni
  • Dillon
  • Keough
  • Morrissey
  • Ryan
  • Siegfried
  • Sorin Halls

The only exception is on Oct. 19, when Mass will take place at 4 p.m. to accommodate the night game vs. USC.

Sunday Mass

Sunday Masses on home football game weekends will take place in the Basilica at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.

Additional Mass Times

Mass is also offered in the Crypt on football Saturdays at 6:45 a.m. and 10 a.m.

“Weekends when we win collections are much larger. Well people are in a giving mood there spirits are warmed up and they are excited, so they give a twenty instead of a ten or a five instead of a single.”

Be sure to check the Spiritual tab for more information.

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The Annual Emil T. Hofman Lecture

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Emil T. Hofman

When Notre Dame students, Faculty, staff and visitors walk towards the Dome, they are often met by a special man. No matter the day of the week, this man sits on the same bench on a diagonal path on “God Quad”, just under the Dome. Some may think his daily presence makes him a fixture at Notre Dame, but those who know this man personally recognize is part of the fabric of Notre Dame. Emil T. Hoffman is one of Notre Dame’s most famed professors. He began teaching Chemistry at Notre Dame in 1950. Throughout his tenure, Hoffman was recognized with the Thomas P. Madden Award for excellence in teaching freshmen, the Presidential Service Citation, the Father Shilts Award for teaching science, and the Professor of the Year award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. Additionally, this renowned professor has a scholarship fund, lecture series, teaching award and endowed chair named after him. Hoffman is one of 20 people who were selected to appear on the Wall of Honor in Main Building, which recognizes individuals who have made lasting, pervasive and profound contributions to Notre Dame. He is joined on the wall of honorees by University founder Father Edward Sorin, Coach Knute Rockne, and Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C.

Hofman’s teaching style and prowess are one part of why he is in this select group. In 40 years of teaching, he missed only one class for personal reasons (food poisoning in the early 1960s). But Hofman’s legacy only starts with his teaching. His story is one of wrestling with the issues that have defined the University’s history in the second half of the 20th century: creating a more diverse student body, finding the proper balance between teaching and research, expanding into a national university with a high rate of retention, devoted alumni, huge endowment, and international reach. Ultimately, the mystery of Hofman’s popularity, despite being strict and demanding, is unlocked by his role as a surrogate.

Emil T. Hofman Lecture

Many Domers celebrate their admiration for Emil T. Hofman — legendary chemistry professor, mentor to many, and dean emeritus of the First Year of Studies — by visiting with him in person on campus and/or attending the annual Emil T. Hofman Lecture held in his honor on a Game Day. This year Mark Walsh will be presenting:

“Dr. Hofman’s Chemistry Student to His Wing Man: Clinician, Teacher, Researcher: Taking the Unbeaten Path”

Time: 11:00 am

Location: Raclin – Carmichael Auditorium, IU School of Medicine
1234 Notre Dame Avenue

Be sure to check this weekend’s schedule of events for more details.

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Purdue Highlights

_Courtesy of und.com_ WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Notre Dame receiver DaVaris Daniels staggered Purdue with two late touchdowns. Three plays after his second score, teammate Bennett Jackson delivered the final blow - a 34-yard interception return for a score. On a night No. 21 Notre Dame faced a stiff challenge from its oldest in-state rival, the late scoring flurry from Daniels and Jackson finally knocked out the Boilermakers 31-24 on Saturday night.

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Show Us Game Day Through Your Eyes!

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We want to capture every aspect of Game Day from your eyes — when you visit the Grotto, take in the Trumpets under the Dome, or meet your former classmates before watching the Irish take the field. Tag your photo with #NDgameday on Instagram and your photo may be featured on the Game Day website! We will pick the top 10 photos from every home game weekend and post them on our site.

Check out the top pictures from Temple Weekend!

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Irish Eyes: Matt Cashore

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Matt Cashore is the senior university photographer for the University of Notre Dame. His photos have been published in Sports Illustrated, the New York Times, and ESPN The Magazine. Matt has photographed all but two football seasons since 1990. As a student he was a yearbook employee and now he’s one of the most well-known photographers Notre Dame has ever known.

Q & A with Matt Cashore

What got you hooked to be in student yearbook?

“I knew as a student coming here that I wanted to do some form of photography, be it loose photography or creative photography, something visual as a career. It was already known to me before setting foot on campus so working for the yearbook was part of the plan, I started doing that even before the school year officially started. My cousin was the yearbook editor and had already recruited me so my first assignment as the yearbook photographer was shooting my own freshman orientation. At the time shooting football games was the most important thing you could do for the yearbook so of course I wanted to do the most important thing I could.”

What is it for you about capturing those great moments? What does it feel like when you look at the final product of those game winning or very emotional moments?

“Most of them you realize are important there in the moment, some of them you don’t realize are as important as they are until shortly or even long afterwards, and some you think are so critical and really they are not. So I’m never so excited about getting a picture or so disappointed about missing a picture. As an example, in 2006 Notre Dame came from behind to beat UCLA and Jeff Samardzja caught the game winning touchdown. You knew that was going to be important as soon as I clicked the shutter, and it was. It was my first major sports illustrated clip also which was really cool. On the other hand when Charlie Weis took over he stopped the tradition of holding up the helmets to salute the student section, in favor of having the team sing the alma mater. The unintended consequence was they no longer held up their helmets and so one of the last games of 2004 I got a really nice picture of a player holding up his helmet that had all of the nice elements to it. It had a look to it that really worked and I didn’t realize it in 2004 but that’s going to be one of the last times you’re ever going to see a helmet in the air at Notre Dame Stadium after a game. It’s become somewhat of an iconic image.”

What’s it like to look back on all the traditions and events that people don’t remember?

“I kick myself for being a lousy archivist early on, when I was shooting film. Shooting digital has made me a much better archivist because you can have multiple copies. People throw around the word tradition, and you realize that traditions come and go and aren’t as tradition as people might think. I can tell you when some traditions started and believe it or not they didn’t always do everything we do today. (So) Having a 25 year memory of ND football is not as tradition as traditionalists might think. What stands out is it’s nice the University has become aware of the entire Game Day experience and it’s not just about four hours between the start of the clock and the triple zero.”

How do you start off your Game Day? What’s your routine?

“Well I have to bring a lot of stuff to campus. I get to campus at about 9 am. People believe I’m watching football from a really good seat. A. It’s not a really good seat. B. It’s a lot more mental energy to be prepared for what’s about to happen than people think. So the fact that I have to capture pictures mean that I have to be familiar with both teams’ rosters, there starters, etc. I have to have all of my gear ready to avoid surprises then I walk campus for a few hours and try to capture some of the pageantry and spirit of the day. Most days I have a goal to capture a specific part of Game Day.”

What’s the neatest moment you captured on campus?

“Nothing stands out as the neatest moment. They are all neat in their own way. Every game has its’ own moments, everyone has different interest. I love it when my photos have some sort of result and that result could be as simple as re-tweeting it on twitter, it could be a major sports clip, or on USA Today. Then there are the times someone contacts me and says “that picture meant a lot to me” for whatever reason. It happens quite a bit and it’s very very energizing for me. I love it when my pictures have a result. Pictures have a value that can last for so long, that’s what makes pictures powerful.”

What was your favorite moment captured on the field?

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“Again you don’t always realize how important each picture is until maybe a little bit after or a lot after. A picture that is going to be associated with me forever, I’ll look back at the end of my career and say that’s one of the five pictures I would want to be most remembered for was this past season at the end of the Stanford game. It was a shot of Manti Teo celebrating the victory. The reaction from the fans caught me off guard.”

What does it mean to you to know that you’re part of the Notre Dame family not just as an alumni but as the one who captures the Universitys’ valuable moments?

“It’s really important to capture history because 75 years from now somebody hopefully will look back and say thank goodness we have this chapter of history. So I feel that responsibility, thank goodness someone thought to shoot four men on horses, thank goodness someone kept track of it. The University Archives department is one of the more underappreciated groups at the University. Thank god for them. There’s an obligation to preserve, we may not realize it now but years from now someone will be grateful that we did.”

Be sure to check all of Matt’s work at photos.nd.edu

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Centerplate and Notre Dame Concessions Team Up

Another exciting season for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish means another year of tantalizing stadium concessions and hospitality innovations for Irish fans. Centerplate, hospitality partner to top sporting venues, convention centers and cultural attractions in the United States and Europe and proud hospitality partner to the University of Notre Dame, is proud to bring Irish fans the world class hospitality they’ve come to expect, with local flavors and flair worthy of America’s most storied football program.

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New items such Mac and Cheese hotdogs, gluten-free Duck Dogs, and grilled balsamic chicken breast sandwiches have been added to this year’s game day menu. Centerplate’s chefs are introducing items created specifically for Notre Dame Stadium:

  • Balsamic grilled chicken sandwich on a whole wheat bun
  • A gluten free duck dog
  • New specialty hot dog stations featuring: the Chicago Dog, Jalapeno Slaw Dog, Mac and Cheese Hot Dog and Barbeque Crunch Dog

Centerplate is also bringing back several signature items, including:

  • Legendary Prime Rib Sandwich- Featuring a center cut rib-eye steak with horseradish and au jus served on a fresh Kaiser bun.
  • Legendary Carved Roast Turkey Breast Sandwich – Served on a freshly baked Kaiser bun dressed with Dill havarti cheese, lettuce, tomato and peppered mayonnaise served with house-made kettle chips.

“This year we have focused on putting many of the traditional core favorites into all of the concession locations while adding in a few of our own ideas as well,” said Ryan Cummings, Centerplate’s General Manager. “We also have added our new healthy chicken sandwich and gluten-free dog to a few select locations."

ABOUT CENTERPLATE

Centerplate crafts and delivers “Craveable Experiences – Raveable Results” for more than 115 million guests each year in over 300 prominent entertainment, sports and convention venues across North America and the United Kingdom. Centerplate has provided event hospitality to 30 official U.S. Presidential Inaugural Balls, 13 Super Bowls, 21 World Series, the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, and the largest plated dinner in history. Recently, the company was named the fastest growing restaurant/hospitality group in the United States by Nation’s Restaurant News, and has recently expanded operations in the United Kingdom. Visit the company online at www.centerplate.com.

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Check Out the 2013 Shamrock Series List of Events

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Start planning for Notre Dame’s trip to North Texas where they will take on Arizona State at AT&T Stadium. Head to our schedule of events to learn about what the University has planned for the weekend. Highlights include:

A concert by Charla Corn

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The Pep Rally in downtown Fort Worth

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Celebration of the Holy Eucharist at the historic St. Patrick Cathedral

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A Saturday band concert at the West Plaza of AT&T Stadium

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And many more exciting events. Be sure to check the schedule for updates.

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Views of Game Day vs. Temple

Thanks to all of our Irish fans who showed us game day through their eyes using #NDgameday! So many fans shared photos that we couldn’t pick just 5! We will be posting our TOP 10 favorite photos on Instagram each week. Check out our favorites from Temple!

Shout out to our little Irish!

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Rally at the Rock

Temple Pep Rally

Friday, August 30th on South Quad at the Rockne Memorial

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The first pep rally of the 2013 season will be held Friday, August 30th on South Quad at the Rockne Memorial. There will be a pre rally concert by Notre Dame Grad Pat Mckillen starting at 4:45PM followed by the pep rally at 6:00PM. Please come out and get the Irish pumped up as they prepare to face the Temple Owls in the house that Rockne built.

Come check out Pat Mckillen!

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Pat McKillen (class of 2010) will be performing tracks from his new album “The Red Headed Enemy” set to be released in October of 2013. For more information, please visit his website at www.patmckillen.com

Check out McKillen’s Notre Dame inspired song “Loyal Sons” here

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Prepare for the Warm Weather

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We want to help prepare you for the high temperatures that are expected this weekend. With the temperature expected to be north of 90 degrees on Game Day, the last thing you want is to deal with a heat related illness. Let’s ensure that we start the season off with an enjoyable Game Day experience. The best defense is prevention. Here are some prevention tips:

  • Staying hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
  • Wear loose, light weight, breathable clothing.
  • When feeling too warm find a cool, shaded, well-ventilated area to rest in.
  • When in the sun, wear sunscreen (at least SPF 15).
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat or visor.
  • The chronically ill, very young and very old are most susceptible to heat extremes.
  • Never leave children or pets alone in an enclosed vehicle

Be sure to make the necessary changes as you prepare for a safe and enjoyable Game Day.

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The Notre Dame Experience

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The Notre Dame Experience will be open to the public from 10 AM – 3:00 PM this fall on each home football Saturday in the Joyce Fieldhouse (north dome). Admission is free to the dynamic and redesigned fan fest allowing fans to emulate the Irish by participating in one of the four different interactive football games. Or, fans may visit the other displays throughout the Experience for photo opportunities or to collect giveaways or samples for 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 and relax in a family friendly atmosphere. The festivities will wrap up at 3PM 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 Temple game include:

  • Autograph session presented by Sprint from 11:30AM – 1:30PM with former Notre Dame greats
  • Tony Rice & Lee Becton (11:30AM – 12:30PM)
  • Reggie Brooks & Allen Rossum (12:30-1:30PM)
  • Notre Dame Cheerleaders shortly after Noon
  • Four different football skills challenge games and multiple photo opportunities
  • Various giveaways and displays

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Prepare for the Warm Weather

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We want to help prepare you for the high temperatures that are expected this weekend. With the temperature expected to be north of 90 degrees on Game Day, the last thing you want is to deal with a heat related illness. Let’s ensure that we start the season off with an enjoyable Game Day experience. The best defense is prevention. Here are some prevention tips:

  • Staying hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
  • Wear loose, light weight, breathable clothing.
  • When feeling too warm find a cool, shaded, well-ventilated area to rest in.
  • When in the sun, wear sunscreen (at least SPF 15).
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat or visor.
  • The chronically ill, very young and very old are most susceptible to heat extremes.
  • Never leave children or pets alone in an enclosed vehicle

Be sure to make the necessary changes as you prepare for a safe and enjoyable Game Day.

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Let us See Game Day Through your Eyes

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Join the Notre Dame Game Day Instagram page

We want to capture every aspect of Game Day from your eyes. When you visit the Grotto, take in the Trumpets under the Dome, or when you meet your former classmates before you watch the Irish take the field. Tag your photo #NDgameday on Instagram and have the opportunity to have your photo featured on the Game Day website! We will pick the top 5 photos from every home game weekend.

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In the Irish Eyes tab we include our multimedia content from Game Day. Content ranging from panoramic shots to interactive views of the locker room. Also, be sure to check out weekly updates of content from the weekend Game Day Experience.

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Prepare for Game Weekend Fridays

The 2013 football season is only a week away! There will be numerous exciting events throughout campus. Football Fridays at the Eck Center, The Temple Pep Rally, The Stadium Tunnel Tour, and many more. Be sure to check the schedule of events to plan your weekend itinerary.

Football Fridays at the Eck Center

Hospitality tent located on the northwest corner of the Eck Visitor Center

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Stop by the Alumni Association’s Football Fridays at the Eck Vistor’s Center next Friday (and every home game Friday) from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Reconnect with classmates and friends, watch game highlights on the big screen, enjoy tailgate food fresh from the grill, raffle drawings, and live performances from campus groups. It’s the perfect place on campus to take your weekend visitors. Visit the Football Fridays website for more information.

Hosted by the Alumni Association, all alumni, parents and fans are invited.

Location: Hospitality tent located on the northwest corner of the Eck Visitor Center, between Morris Inn parking lot and Ryan Hall.

Stadium Tunnel Tour

North Tunnel of Notre Dame Stadium

Fans at the Notre Dame Stadium Tunnel Walk

Since 1931, every Notre Dame football team has walked down the same tunnel, to the same field before every home football game. Every Irish fan has the opportunity to walk the same fabled walk every Irish player has taken for the past 81 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. Free and open to the public.

The Notre Dame Stadium tunnel tour will be open from 10:00am until 5:00pm, except during team walk-throughs.

Temple Pep Rally

South Quad: Rockne Memorial

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Come out and support head coach Brian Kelly and the Fighting Irish, as they open the 2013 football season against the Temple Owls. There will be a concert before the Pep Rally at 4:45 by Notre Dame Grad Pat McKillen, followed by the guest speaker Notre Dame Band Director Kenneth Dye.

The Pep Rally is free and open to the public.

Kickoff Luncheon

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The kickoff luncheon is a ticketed event. The Guest Speaker will be Director of Game Day Operations and Associate Vice President of Campus Safety Mike Seamon.

Kickoff Luncheon Order Form

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Game Day Advice for Motorists

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There have been many changes on and around campus that have altered Game Day traffic routes and parking for the 2013 season. The realignment of Douglas Road and ongoing road construction in other areas could cause confusion and possible delays while traveling to and from the University on home football game days. Local law enforcement agencies are working collaboratively with the Notre Dame Security Police Department to minimize delays, and they encourage motorists to keep the following in mind:

  • The west end of Douglas Road now connects directly to the exit from the Indiana Toll Road, and to the east Douglas is accessible through two new roundabouts.
  • Because Douglas is new, GPS systems will not account for the realignment. Motorists should ignore navigation systems and follow police officer directions and signs.
  • The old Douglas Road has been renamed Moreau Drive from Juniper Road west to the Sacred Heart Parish Center, after which the road has been permanently closed.
  • Douglas Road will be two-way before, during and after games, though there may be temporary closure of east or westbound flow on Douglas Rd. during post-game patterns to accommodate traffic safety.
  • A shuttle from White Field and the Americans with Disabilities Accessible {ADA) Lot in D2 North will begin at 6 a.m. on game days and run continuously until pick-up stops are clear.
  • ADA accessible parking for those with state-issued placards is in the D2 North Lot. A shuttle to Gate 4 of the Joyce Center will operate continuously from 6 a.m. until the pickup area is clear.
  • South of campus, there is a great deal of construction, with several roads closed, including Twyckenham Drive at South Bend Ave. Many familiar routes will be closed, and police advise motorists to ignore their navigation systems and follow officer instructions rather than rely on past practices.
  • Up-to-date traffic information is available before games on Twitter from the Indiana State Police at @ndtraffic. Police advise motorists to, as always, arrive early and be patient during the post-game exodus.

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First Marchout of the 2013 season

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The University of Notre Dame Band will kick off its 168th year with a marchout around the Notre Dame campus on Thursday, August 22nd at 9:30 am. Beginning outside the Ricci Band Rehearsal Hall, the marchout route takes the band past several Notre Dame landmarks including the Hesburgh Library, Clarke Memorial Fountain, and Grace Hall. The marchout concludes at Stepan Fields.

One of the traditional campus events ringing in the beginning of a new school year, the marchout will feature nearly 500 students. Among them are both veteran band members and students auditioning for a spot in the 2013 Band of the Fighting Irish. Over the course of the four day audition process, students will receive instruction in marching and musical fundamentals, and will complete a musical and marching audition. The audition process concludes the evening of Sunday, August 25th.

Dating back to 1845, the Notre Dame Band is the oldest college band in continuous existence in the United States and was honored as such by being declared a “Landmark of American Music” by the National Music Council and the Indiana Music Educators Association.

Be sure to stop by and watch the best band in the land kick off its 168th year.

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Award Watch Lists are Filled with Irish Standouts

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Following is a quick recap of the Notre Dame players on those watch lists:

Bednarik Award (Defensive Player of the Year)

Irish Candidates: Cornerback Bennett Jackson, DE Stephon Tuitt, OLB Prince Shembo and NG Louis Nix

Maxwell Award (College Player of the Year)

Irish Candidates: Louis Nix and Stephon Tuitt

John Mackey Award (Most Outstanding Tight End)

Irish Candidates: Troy Niklas and Ben Koyack

Lou Groza Award (Top Place-Kicker)

Irish Candidate: Kyle Brindza

Bronko Nagurski Trophy (Most Outstanding Defensive Player)

Irish Candidates: Louis Nix and Stephon Tuitt

Outland Trophy (Most Outstanding Interior Lineman – Offense or Defense)

Irish Candidates: Louis Nix and OT Zack Martin

Butkus Award Most Outstanding Linebacker)

Irish Candidates: Prince Shembo, Carlo Calabrese and Dan Fox

Rotary Lombardi Award (Best Lineman or Linebacker)

Irish Candidates: Louis Nix, Prince Shembo, Stephon Tuitt and Zack Martin

Biletnikoff Award (Most Outstanding Wide Receiver)

Irish Candidates: DaVaris Daniels and T.J. Jones

Walter Camp Award (National Player of the Year)

Irish Candidates: Stephon Tuitt and Louis Nix

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Notre Dame Lands in the Pre-Season Top-15

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will begin the 2013 Season ranked in the top 25 in both the AP and USA Today/Coaches Poll. Notre Dame is currently ranked 14th in the AP Poll and 11th in the USA Today Coaches Poll. This year’s rankings mark Notre Dame’s highest preseason billing since 2006, when the Irish entered the season at No. 2 in the AP poll and No. 3 in the coaches’ poll. Notre Dame finished fourth last season in the AP poll and third in the coaches’ poll. The Irish have appeared in 51 of the 64 AP preseason polls, most recently in 2011.

Four Notre Dame opponents appear in the 2013 preseason poll: Stanford (#4), Oklahoma (#16), Michigan (#17), and USC (#24). With more than half of it’s opponents receiving votes in the opening poll, Notre Dame’s 2013 schedule will certainly put the ranked Irish to the test.

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