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Centerplate Announces 2011 Stadium Concessions

Centerplate, the largest hospitality partner to North America’s premier sports stadiums, convention centers and entertainment venues, announced today a series of new menu concepts, service enhancements and fan promotions for the upcoming Fighting Irish football season.

Centerplate increased the stadium’s cooking capacity with the addition of new grill stands, carving stations, and chef-attended action carts on the concourse. They have also installed a new point-of-sale system, which will speed service and provide fans greater payment flexibility.

More info on new Centerplate menu items.

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Notre Dame Cracks the Top 25 in Pre Season Polls

Theo Riddick

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will begin the 2011 Season ranked in the top 25 in both the AP and USA Today/Coaches Poll. Notre Dame is currently ranked 16th in the AP Poll and 18th in the USA Today Coaches Poll. This marks the highest preseason rankings for the Irish since 2006 squad. The Irish have appeared in 50 of the 62 AP preseason polls, most recently in 2009.

Three Notre Dame opponents appear in the 2011 preseason poll: Stanford (#4), Michigan State (#18), and USC (#25). Air Force, Pittsburgh, Michigan, and Maryland also received votes. With more than half of it’s opponents receiving votes in the opening poll, Notre Dame’s 2011 schedule will certainly put the ranked Irish to the test.

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Pep Rally Times and Locations are Official

The first four Pep Rally times and locations have been set for the 2011 Football Season. Please come out and support the Fighting Irish as they prepare to have a great season. The schedule for 2011 is as follows:

Friday, September 2, South Florida – Dillion Hall (South Quad) at 6:00pm
Friday, September 16, Michigan State – Irish Green at 6:00pm
Friday, October 7, Air Force – Irish Green at 6:00pm
Friday, October 21, USC – Irish Green at 6:00pm

The schedules are set so that you can make plans to come cheer on the Irish as they prepare for the opener against the South Florida Bulls.

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Devine Statue To Be Added

Dan Devine

A sculpture of former University of Notre Dame football coach Dan Devine, a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and coach of the 1977 Irish national championship team, will be dedicated Friday, Oct. 7 (the day before Notre Dame’s home football game against Air Force), at Notre Dame Stadium. The dedication will take place at Notre Dame Stadium’s Gate A, which in 2010 was designated the Devine gate when the sculptures of Knute Rockne (north tunnel), Ara Parseghian (Gate B), Frank Leahy (Gate C) and Lou Holtz (Gate D) were re-located outside the stadium walls. Rockne, Parseghian, Leahy, Holtz and Devine are the five former Irish football coaches – all of them Hall of Fame inductees – who have won one or more national titles at Notre Dame.

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2010 Irish (finally) Sign with NFL Teams

The wait is finally over for Notre Dames’ 2010 free agents that have waited eagerly to sign with a team and start playing football again. The signees are as follows:

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  • Armando Allen (RB) –Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Robert Hughes (RB) – Chicago Bears
  • Kerry Neal (LB) – Indianapolis Colts
  • Brian Smith (LB) – Cleveland Browns
  • Chris Stewart (OL) – New York Jets
  • Darrin Walls (DB) – Atlanta Falcons
  • Ian Williams (DT) – San Francisco 49ers

The seven graduates listed above will join Kyle Rudolph (TE) of the Minnesota Vikings in preparation of the 2011 season. We wish them all a successful future in the National Football League. Good Luck with Training Camp and let football begin!

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'Throwback Uniforms' for UM Game Unveiled

Notre Dame Uniforms for Michigan game, September 10th, 2011

The University of Notre Dame today unveiled retro-style adidas football uniforms that the Fighting Irish will wear against Michigan on Sept. 10, 2011, to celebrate the first night game ever played at Michigan Stadium.

This will be the first prime-time meeting between the Irish and Wolverines since a 1990 matchup of top-five teams in South Bend. ESPN will broadcast the game nationally at 8 p.m. EDT.

“We are happy to partner with adidas to help commemorate the first night game at Michigan Stadium with new uniforms,” said Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly. “It seems fitting that the two schools with the two best winning percentages in college football play in this historic game. I know our players are looking forward to the contest and both teams’ new uniforms will only add to the excitement in the Big House on September 10.”

More pictures of the new retro uniforms.

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Notre Dame Locker Room Tour

With Commencement 2011 behind us, the next full University event in Notre Dame Stadium will be Notre Dame vs. South Florida on Saturday, September 3rd!

To get in the ‘football state-of-mind’ check out the virtual tour of the Notre Dame Stadium locker room constructed by Univeristy photographer Matt Cashore and the Office of Public Affairs and Communication. Be sure to turn your sound up as you enjoy the virtual tour!

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USC Mass Times Announced

Basilica of the Sacred Heart

Due to the nighttime start of the Notre Dame vs. USC game on October 22nd, the traditional post game Basilica and Stepan Center Masses have been moved to pre-kickoff. The Basilica Mass will begin at 4:00 pm while the Stepan Center Mass will begin at 4:15 pm. Click Here for the current USC weekend Game Day schedule and here for more information about masses at Notre Dame.

This is the first announced change of the Game Day schedule to accommodate the later start time of the USC night game. Please continue to visit gameday.nd.edu for up-to-date information about the USC weekend and all other Game Day news.

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Coaches Wives Weekend Fundraiser

Throughout this annual Blue-Gold Weekend, the University of Notre Dame Department of Athletics in partnership with the Notre Dame Coaches’ Wives will be hosting a clothing and food drive as part of a community service initiative in order to benefit local charitable organizations. All participants will be entered to win fabulous prizes including an ND Football Weekend Experience Package, a “Play Like a Champion Today” sign autographed by the Notre Dame Head Coaches, an adidas Coaches’ Package, a personalized football autographed by Head Football Coach, Brian Kelly, and more!!

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2011 'The Shirt' Unveiling

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University of Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly will again be the featured speaker at the annual kick-off celebration and unveiling ceremony for The Shirt 2011, to be held Friday (April 15) from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore. Shirts will be available for purchase immediately after the 5:45 p.m. unveiling.

Here is more information about the event.

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2011 Kickoff Times Announced

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Look for a couple of new wrinkles connected with football at the University of Notre Dame in 2011.

The Irish for the first time in 21 years will play a night game at Notre Dame Stadium – and the University for the first time will go to variable game ticket pricing for its home football schedule.

The Notre Dame-USC game slated for Oct. 22, 2011, at Notre Dame Stadium will kick off at 7:30 p.m. EDT.

“We are very excited about the opportunity to play host to a home night game. While we will do this only on a selective basis, we think it is important to occasionally use the platform of a prime-time game to promote the University and our football program,” said Notre Dame athletics director Jack Swarbrick.

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Mass of Remembrance planned for Declan Sullivan

A special Mass will be held at the University of Notre Dame on Thursday (Oct. 28) in memory of the student who died in an accident that occurred today (Oct. 27) on a practice football field when a film tower fell over.

Students will come together for a Mass of Remembrance for Declan Sullivan, a 20-year-old Notre Dame junior from Long Grove, Ill., who died while filming Notre Dame football practice for the Department of Athletics from a hydraulic scissor lift at the LaBar Practice Complex.…

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Collection for Haiti to be taken during W. Michigan Game

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A special collection in honor of Blessed Brother André Bessette will be taken up in Notre Dame Stadium during the second quarter of the Notre Dame-Western Michigan football game on Saturday (Oct. 16).

The collection will support ongoing efforts of the University of Notre Dame and the Congregation of Holy Cross to help rebuild Haiti following the devastating earthquake there in January.

Celebrated for his own service to the sick and needy, Blessed Brother André, who died in 1937, is the first member of Notre Dame’s founding religious order, the Congregation of Holy Cross, to be proclaimed a saint. He will be canonized by Pope Benedict XVI during a ceremony in the Basilica of Saint Peter in Rome on Sunday (Oct. 17).

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