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Purdue Pep Rally

Despite the threat of rain all day it looks like it will hold out a couple more hours. The Purdue pep rally is still scheduled for 6 p.m. on South Quad at Rockne Memorial. See everyone there!

GO IRISH!

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Notre Dame Experience presented by Ford

An all-new, fanfest-style event, Notre Dame Experience presented by Ford, will be available Saturday to fans on campus attending the University of Notre Dame home football opener against Purdue and at all other Irish home football games in 2012.

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The Notre Dame Experience Presented by Ford will be held from 10 a.m. until 30 minutes prior to kickoff (3:40 p.m. EDT kickoff Saturday against Purdue) in the Joyce Center Fieldhouse.

Admission is free and the event is designed for fans of all ages.

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The Notre Dame Experience presented by Ford is a newly-redesigned area created by National Pastime Sports for 2012. Through the use of engaging displays and décor, interactive experiences and theatrical production, the event site will be transformed into a theme park of Fighting Irish football. This unique environment will provide an epicenter of fun for all fans to enjoy.

Activities for 2012 include:

  • Sponsor displays and giveaways
  • Autograph sessions presented each weekend by Sprint
  • Former Irish stars Tony Rice and Reggie Brooks will be signing autographs on Sept. 8
  • Four different fully-interactive football challenges (all new this year)
  • Obstacle Course

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  • Hail Mary Challenge
  • Field Goal Challenge
  • Quarterback Challenge
  • Appearances by the Notre Dame cheerleaders and the Notre Dame Glee Club

Food and drinks for purchase will be available.

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Best Parking on Game Day - Burke Golf Course

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Are you headed to campus to watch the Fighting Irish during their 125th season? If so, Burke Golf Course is the best general parking on campus on game day. Burke offers fans a park-like setting for their tailgate. The abundant grass is the perfect place to play catch, while the trees provide the necessary shade during a sunny Notre Dame tailgate. New for the 2012 season, Burke will have full service bathrooms in the south lot.

Parking is $40 per vehicle, cash only. Football game tickets must be shown for entrance to the parking areas on the course. The Burke Golf Course is limited to passenger cars. Recreational vehicles, large trucks, buses, motorcycles, and limos are not permitted.

Parking opens at 8:00 a.m. and closes three hours after the end of the game. Please note that there is no shuttle service from the golf course.

Directions

  • Exit the Indiana Toll Road at Exit 77.
  • Turn right (south) at the light at the end of the exit ramp (SR 933).
  • Turn left (east) at Angela Blvd.
  • Follow the directions of the parking attendants.
  • Golf Course parking is also accessible from Dorr Rd.

Campus Parking Map

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What's New for the 2012 Season

The game day team constantly strives to make Notre Dame football weekends the bench mark in fan experience. Every year we look to make the fan experience better than the last, and this year is no different. Below are the new additions for the 2012 season.

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Cell Phone Stations – On Football Fridays and Game Day Saturdays you will find cell phone stations located throughout campus to charge your phone. On Saturday, the cell phone stations will be moved into the stadium concourse for use during the game.

Burke Parking Lot – The best general parking on campus, just got a little better! Full service bathrooms will be located in the Burke South lot.

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Guest Service Team – Two additional guest service team stations have been added to ensure that fans can easily find a friendly face to help answer questions. These members are wearing the trademark green blazers! Additionally, the guest service booths that are located outside the north tunnel on Friday and throughout the concourse on Saturday received a facelift. Make sure to stop by and say hello.

Courtesy Cart Service – Additional golf carts have been added to the fleet for the popular courtesy cart service that is offered on Friday and Saturday. Given the closed-campus nature of the University, the courtesy cart service is the most efficient way to assist any guest looking to travel through the interior of campus.

gameday.nd.edu Mobile – A more fan-friendly mobile site has been created for fans accessing the site via cell phone. This allows all visitors to access the site en route to Notre Dame or while they are already on campus.

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Notre Dame: A Welcome Home to be Broadcast Live on YouTube

Notre Dame football's pep rally in Dublin, "Notre Dame: A Welcome Home":http://gameday.nd.edu/news/32023-performances-set-for-notre-dame-a-welcome-home-at-o2-arena/, will be broadcast live on YouTube for fans across the world to enjoy. It can be viewed through "RTE's YouTube":http://www.youtube.com/user/rte on Friday, August 31 at 9:30 p.m. local time in Ireland and 4:30 p.m. EST. This once-in-a-lifetime event will mix in elements of a typical Notre Dame pep rally with popular Irish performances and singers to create an amazing collaboration.

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Watch Notre Dame Men's Tennis in Dublin

The men’s tennis team will also be in Dublin this week as they play Ireland’s Davis Cup team on Friday at the Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club. This match will feature world ranked and former grand slam players.

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Singles action begins at 2pm followed by doubles. Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club is just a ten minute walk from Dublin’s city center and Aviva Stadium. General admission is $15 or $50 for a VIP ticket including VIP seating, food and drink.

Click here to purchase tickets in advance

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Ireland in Transition: Contemporary Challenges and Opportunities

For all fans heading to Dublin for the Emerald Isle Classic, the Ireland in Transition: Contemporary Challenges and Opportunities academic conference would be a great addition to your itinerary.

This roundtable discussion will focus on how a rapidly-changing contemporary Ireland fits into the wider world today and will discuss issues such as culture, the economy, politics, the Catholic church, and the European Union. Panelists include Declan Kiberd (Notre Dame), Elaine Byrne (Trinity College Dublin) and Fr. Michael Drumm (Irish Catholic Schools Partnership Trust) The moderators are Fr. Sean McGraw CSC (Notre Dame) and Kevin Whelan (Notre Dame)

Held on Friday, August 31 in the examination hall of Trinity College Dublin, this event is at 3 p.m., and is free and open to the public.

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A Don't Miss Event - Notre Dame Tailgater

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Following the Mass at Dublin Castle on Saturday morning, all fans should head to Temple Bar for the Notre Dame Tailgater. The entire area has been made Notre Dame’s playground. Fans are encouraged to stop in at one of the many great pubs in the area or walk around and take in all the sights and sounds. Highlights include the Notre Dame band parade thru Temple Bar at 11 a.m., concluding with a special performance at Central Bank Plaza.

A courtesy shuttle to Aviva Stadium will be offered from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m and is free and open to any fans going to the game. The pickup will be at the Central Bank Plaza.

Map of Temple Bar

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Limited Tickets to be Released for "Notre Dame: A Welcome Home"

A limited number of tickets have been released for “Notre Dame: A Welcome Home”. The tickets are available to purchase on Thursday, August 30 and Friday, August 31 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., in-person at the O’Connell House in Dublin. No tickets will be available to purchase online or over the phone.

Tickets are $20 for reserved seats and $5 for standing room only. Cash or credit will be accepted.

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This once-in-a-lifetime event will mix in elements of a typical Notre Dame pep rally with popular Irish performances and singers to create an amazing collaboration. This show is being broadcast live on national television in Ireland and worldwide via YouTube.

Directions to O’Connell House

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Mass at Historic Dublin Castle

A tradition of home games, Mass, will cross the Atlantic for the much anticipated game featuring Notre Dame and Navy in Dublin, Ireland on Saturday, September 1. Held on game day morning at 9 a.m., join Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin and University President Rev. John Jenkins, C.S.C., celebrate Mass in historic Dublin Castle.

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Originally built in the 13th century on a site previously settled by the Vikings, Dublin Castle functioned as a military fortress, a prison, treasury, courts of law and the seat of English Administration in Ireland for 700 years. Dublin Castle is now used for important State receptions and Presidential Inaugurations.

The Mass at Dublin Castle will be located in the upper courtyard of the castle and free and open to the Notre Dame extended family. Please note: Mass will be held outdoors with standing room for the general public.

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Shamrock Series Uniform Revealed

The uniforms for the 2012 Shamrock Series game have been revealed. The Fighting Irish will host Miami at Solider Field in Chicago on October 6 wearing these exclusive uniforms. "Click here for pictures of the uniform.":http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.484061511623400.127406.155703994459155&type=3

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Best Eats in Dublin

Our friends in Ireland gave us a short list of restaurants to enjoy while in Dublin. While there are many great restaurants, here are a few recommendations.

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STEAKHOUSE
FIRE Restaurant – Dublin’s premier Steakhouse serving only the best of Irish meats and fish.
Located in central Dublin beside the Lord Mayor’s Residence. Built in 1891, the open plan kitchen houses the first wood burning oven in Ireland. To accommodate and welcome the traveling Notre Dame fans, FIRE will also open for dinner on Sunday September 2nd outside of its normal opening hours.

The Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2
T: + 353 (0) 1 6767200

FINE DINING
Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, Ireland’s only two star Michelin Restaurant.
Situated beside the 5 star Merrion Hotel in Dublin city center, the cuisine is contemporary Irish with classical roots. Having featured in everything from the Irish Times to the New York Times, it is renowned as one of the best restaurants in Ireland and is also internationally acclaimed.

Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, Upper Merrion Street, Dublin 2
T: (01) 676 4192

ITALIAN
Dunne & Cresenzi, Always a delight for its high quality food it offers at reasonable prices.
This Italian restaurant and deli is near the Nassau Street entrance to Trinity College

16 Frederick Street South Dublin, Co.
T: (01) 677 3815

TRADITIONAL
Johnnie Fox’s, Traditional Irish Food in a traditional Irish surrounding
Situated in Glencullen on top of the Dublin mountains, Johnnie Fox’s is one of Ireland’s oldest and most famous traditional Irish pubs. Located approximately 25-35 minutes drive from Dublin City center.

T: (01) 295 5647
Glencullen, Co. Dublin, Ireland.

SEAFOOD
Anglers Rest – Seafood Restaurant within the grounds of the beautiful Phoenix Park
Just a 15-minute drive from Dublin City center, this landmark establishment in the seclusion of the Strawberry Beds – next door to the Phoenix Park – has a history that stretches back to Cromwellian times and the famous patriot Michael Collins, and has long been considered the favorite watering hole of anglers fishing along the banks of the adjacent River Liffey.

Strawberry Beds, Chapelizard, Dublin 20,
T: +353 1 820 4351

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Miriam O’Callaghan to host "Notre Dame: A Welcome Home"

Miriam O’Callaghan set to host Notre Dame: A Welcome Home at O2 Arena.

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O’Callaghan is an Irish television current affairs broadcaster, talk show host and radio presenter with Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ). She has presented the leading current affairs show, Prime Time, since 1996, and her own talk show, Saturday Night with Miriam, since 2005.

“Notre Dame: A Welcome Home” will be a highlight for fans traveling to Dublin. This show will mix in elements of a typical Notre Dame pep rally with popular Irish performances and singers to create a once-in-a-lifetime event. This show will be broadcast live on national television in Ireland and worldwide via RTÉ’s YouTube.

Held at the O2 Arena in Dublin, “Notre Dame: A Welcome Home” will be on Friday, August 31, at 8:30 p.m., with doors opening at 6 p.m.

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A Don't Miss Event - 'Notre Dame: A Welcome Home'

Lucky enough to get your hands on tickets for "Notre Dame: A Welcome Home":http://gameday.nd.edu/news/32023-performances-set-for-notre-dame-a-welcome-home-at-o2-arena/? This *sold out* event will be a highlight for all Notre Dame fans' trip to Ireland! This event will mix in elements of a typical Notre Dame pep rally with popular Irish performances and singers to create an amazing collaboration. This show is being broadcast live on national television in Ireland and worldwide via YouTube.

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Last Chance to Add a Tour of Parliament to Your Ireland Itinerary

Registration for Parliament tours has closed.

If you are heading to the Emerald Isle to watch the Irish take on Navy in the 2012 season opener add a tour of the Leinster House, which house the Parliament of Ireland, to your itinerary. Registration closes on Wednesday, August 8.

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The Leinster House now houses the National Parliament of Ireland. The Tour encompasses all sections of the Houses of Parliament, both the Seanad Éireann (the Senate) and Dáil Éireann (the House of Representatives) and the Main Hall, with a guide to all the historical features of the building. This tour is free and open to the public and lasts approximately 40 minutes with a limit of 35 people.

Tours are being offered daily at 10:30 a.m., and 3 p.m. the week prior to the game – Monday, August 27 thru Friday, August 31. They will then resume the week after the game – Monday, September 3 thru Friday, September 7.

Registration is required.

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