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Shamrock Series Young Alumni Event

Notre Dame’s Home Away from Home football game each season provides an excellent opportunity for young alums to get together and network. As such, the NDAA hosts a young alumni social at a popular location in the host city. Usually held the night before the game, the social provides specials and a central location for young alums to congregate.

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Meet us at the Flying Saucer in Fort Worth!
Join us for the Shamrock Series Young Alumni event in Texas! After the pep rally, meet up for heavy appetizers and open bar (draft specialty beers, including Texas favorites) at Fort Worth hotspot and draught emporium, the Flying Saucer.

Catch up with fellow ND alums and get pumped for the game. All young alumni and friends welcome! $30/person for the first 100 to register here:
at http://youngalumni.undgroup.org/SSYAEvent2013

See you there! Go Irish!

Event Details

Friday, October 4th, 8 PM – 11 PM
Flying Saucer
111 E Third St. @ Commerce
Fort Worth, TX 76102

*Note: all attendees must be 21 years and older

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The 411 on Downtown Fort Worth

Dining

Looking for a great place to eat after the pep rally on Friday night? Click here to check out all of the great restaurants Fort Worth has to offer! You can search restaurants by cuisine and/or area.

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The Fort Worth Convention and Visitor’s Bureau strongly recommends fan make dinner reservations for Friday evening.

Things to Do

Known as the “City of Cowboys and Culture”, Fort Worth offers an array of activities and attractions. Whether you’re looking for a true Western experience, an afternoon of art viewing, or a combination of the two, Fort Worth has it all!

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Click here for a full list of “things to do” in Fort Worth

Transportation

For convenient travel around Downtown Fort Worth, ride Molly the Trolley. Click here for route and schedule information

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Questions About Fort Worth?

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Shamrock Series Marching Band "Concert on the Steps"

The Notre Dame Marching Band will bring their famed “Concert on the Steps” to Texas for the 2013 Shamrock Series!

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The Band will perform at the AT&T West Plaza outside of AT&T Stadium at 3:45 PM on Saturday, October 5th. The location of AT&T West Plaza is indicated below by the interlocking ND in the image at the bottom of the page.

Important Information for Viewing the Concert

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Please note the yellow perimeter, which denotes the security barrier at AT&T Stadium. To view the Concert on the Steps, fans must enter the secure area and have their ticket scanned. Once within the perimeter, fans will not be permitted to leave the secure area and reenter. The Stadium is not open to fans at 3:45 PM, only the secure area outside of the stadium will be open. At the conclusion of the concert at 4:30 PM, Stadium gates will open.

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AT&T Stadium Bag Policy

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With our trip to AT&T Stadium around the corner, please take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the stadium bag policy. For more stadium policies and info visit the AT&T Stadium Website

Bag Policy

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Prohibited bags include, but are not limited to, the following: all purses, bags or containers larger than a small clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, luggage of any kind, computer bags and camera bags.

Fans may carry only the following style and size bag, package, or container at stadium plaza areas, stadium gates, or when approaching queue lines of fans awaiting entry into the stadium:

  • NFL approved bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12″ × 6″ × 12.″ The bags may be hand-carried or have a shoulder strap. (Officially licensed NFL team logo clear plastic tote bag measuring 12″ × 6″ × 12″ will be available through club merchandise outlets or at nflshop.com).
  • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar).
  • Small, one compartment, clutch bag that does not exceed 8.5″ × 5.5″, with or without a handle or strap. This can be carried separately or within a plastic bag.

An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at a gate designated for this purpose.

We strongly encourage fans to limit the number of items they bring with them to the stadium on game day.

Bag Inspections

All bags are subject to inspection upon entry and are subject to additional inspections within the stadium.

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Shamrock Series Young Alumni Event

Notre Dame’s Home Away from Home football game each season provides an excellent opportunity for young alums to get together and network. As such, the NDAA hosts a young alumni social at a popular location in the host city. Usually held the night before the game, the social provides specials and a central location for young alums to congregate.

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Meet us at the Flying Saucer in Fort Worth!
Join us for the Shamrock Series Young Alumni event in Texas! After the pep rally, meet up for heavy appetizers and open bar (draft specialty beers, including Texas favorites) at Fort Worth hotspot and draught emporium, the Flying Saucer.

Catch up with fellow ND alums and get pumped for the game. All young alumni and friends welcome! $30/person for the first 100 to register here:
at http://youngalumni.undgroup.org/SSYAEvent2013

See you there! Go Irish!

Event Details

Friday, October 4th, 8 PM – 11 PM
Flying Saucer
111 E Third St. @ Commerce
Fort Worth, TX 76102

*Note: all attendees must be 21 years and older

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#NDGAMEDAY

Show us game day through eyes on Instagram and Twitter!

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Irish fans, we LOVE seeing what your game day looks like! So many fans are showing us game day through their eyes using #NDgameday and we want to see more!

We also want to say, “Thanks!” On Oklahoma game day, with the help of Leprechaun Legion and our Guest Service teams, we will be handing out a limited number of Game Day sunglasses to fans across campus. Make your way to campus early to grab a pair!

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Keep using #NDgameday throughout the season. Each Monday after a home game, we will post our TOP 10 favorite #NDgameday photos. Next week, it could be YOU!

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Upcoming Weekend Highlights

This weekend is full of exciting events all across campus! Here are some highlights of what’s to come…

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Friday, September 27th

ND Stadium Tunnel Tour 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

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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.

ND Pep Rally 6:00 pm

The Oklahoma pep rally will be held inside Purcell Pavilion Friday night at 6:00pm. The doors will open at 5:00pm and seating will be on a first come, first serve basis. The rally will feature head coach Brian Kelly and the Fighting Irish football team along with the Notre Dame Marching Band, Leprechaun and Cheerleaders. As always the Pep Rally is free and open to the public. Come out and support the Fighting Irish as they get ready to beat the Sooners in Notre Dame Stadium.

Saturday, September 28th

LaBar Practice Field Open House 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

The LaBar practice facility will be open to the public from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Be sure to stop by to see where the Irish prepare for every Game Day.

Player Walk 1:15 pm

The Notre Dame football players and coaches will walk from the Guglielmino Complex to the Library (Touchdown Jesus), then down Library Quad into the Stadium. Line up along the sides of Library Quad to cheer on the Fighting Irish as they walk into the stadium.

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Trumpets Under the Dome 2:30 pm

The Notre Dame Trumpet Section plays Notre Dame Our Mother and the Notre Dame Victory March inside of the famed Golden Dome.

Marching Band March Out 2:40 pm – 3:00 pm

Starting at the Main Building, watch the Fighting Irish marching band make their way to Notre Dame Stadium.

Be sure to check the full schedule of events when making your plans for the weekend.

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Wear Green!

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Notre Dame Football Fans,

The Leprechaun Legion, the official voice of the Notre Dame student section, is excited to announce a partnership with the Kelly Cares Foundation to sponsor a stadium-wide “WEAR GREEN Game” against the Oklahoma Sooners this Saturday, September 28th. All fans are encouraged to grab “The Shirt 2013” or their favorite green ND shirt to show support for the team and a great cause.

Furthermore, the Office of Sustainability is holding a “Go Green” competition between the residence halls on campus this week. The Kelly Cares Foundation will be making a donation to the winning hall and its sponsored charity. The Legion is thrilled to announce these exciting events. Remember, WEAR GREEN against Oklahoma. Go Irish, Beat Sooners!

Kristen Parkinson & Mitch Patin
Leprechaun Legion Football Leaders

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Oklahoma Pep Rally

Friday, September 27th in the Purcell Pavilion at 6 p.m.

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The Oklahoma pep rally will be held inside Purcell Pavilion Friday night at 6:00pm. The doors will open at 5:00pm and seating will be on a first come, first serve basis. The rally will feature head coach Brian Kelly and the Fighting Irish football team along with the Notre Dame Marching Band, Leprechaun and Cheerleaders. As always the Pep Rally is free and open to the public. Come out and support the Fighting Irish as they get ready to beat the Sooners in Notre Dame Stadium.

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Irish Eyes

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!

Shout out to our little Irish!

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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.

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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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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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Irish Eyes

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!

First Tailgate

First Game Watch

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