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If you will be traveling to Southern California to watch the #1 Fighting Irish take on arch-rival USC, the Notre Dame Clubs of Los Angeles and Orange County and will be putting on several events for Notre Dame fans.

On Friday, Mass will be held at The Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels at 4 p.m. A pre-pep rally tailgate party will take place at the Hyatt Regency Orange County at 6 p.m. followed by the pep rally at 7:30 p.m. The pep rally will feature the Notre Dame Cheerleaders, Leprechaun, and former players. Tickets required.

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Saturday, the Notre Dame tailgate – Irish Fest – will kickoff at noon. The event will feature live entertainment including Irish music and the Notre Dame cheerleaders. Enjoy food from In-N-Out Burgers, Game On! Gourmet, and exclusive beer tents. Limited “Go Irish!” rally towels for purchase for the first 1500 fans.

The Notre Dame bookstore will have a satellite store at the Hyatt Regency Orange County and The Westin Bonaventure. The bookstore at the Hyatt will be open on Friday from 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m – 1 p.m. The bookstore at the Westin will be open on Saturday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

For complete information and including how to purchase tickets, click here

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Notre Dame Football #1 in the Nation

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For the first time in the BCS era the Fighting Irish are ranked #1 in the country. After a decisive win over Wake Forest, 38-0, on senior day, the Irish got help from the two top-ranked teams. On Saturday night, Irish fans watched first top-ranked Kansas State fall to Baylor and then #2 Oregon seceded to Stanford in overtime. It was clear then that the undefeated Irish would hold the top spot in the polls come Sunday.

Notre Dame heads to Los Angeles this Saturday to play arch-rival USC. A win will not only finish their regular season with a perfect 12-0 record, but guarantee them a trip to Miami for the BCS National Championship game on January 7.

Till then – Go Irish, Beat SC!

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Notre Dame Beats Wake Forest in Energy Bowl

Game day hasn’t even arrived and Notre Dame has already claimed victory over Wake Forest. No, not in football, but in the Energy Bowl: an energy reduction competition between the two schools. This two week competition started on November 1st and ended two weeks later on the 14th. Notre Dame finished the competition with a 9.6% reduction and Wake Forest reduced their consumption by 8.1%.

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In addition to the Energy Bowl being a competition between the two universities, it also pit the Notre Dame dorms against each other. In this intra-campus competition, Welsh Family Hall emerged victorious with an impressive 24.3% reduction. Ryan and Knott halls came in second and third place with 21.2% and 17.7% reductions, respectively.

For more information on the Energy Bowl and the Office of Sustainability, click here.

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Wake Forest Pep Rally

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The final pep rally of the regular season will be this Friday at 5 p.m. in Purcell Pavilion. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Come out and cheer on the Irish and honor the 2012 seniors before their final home game of the year. On Saturday, the team looks to go a perfect 6-0 at home for the first time since 1998.

As always, the pep rally is free and open to the public.

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Military Recognition Weekend

The University of Notre Dame Athletics Department will observe a military recognition weekend in conjunction with the Notre Dame-Wake Forest football game Nov. 17 at Notre Dame Stadium.

The Notre Dame-Wake Forest game was selected because its date is the closest to Veterans Day of the six Irish home games in 2012.

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Various military branches will be represented by their Notre Dame ROTC programs as part of the pre-game flag presentation. Then, all military veterans will be invited to stand and be recognized at the second timeout in the first period of the football game at Notre Dame Stadium.

In addition, part of the Notre Dame band halftime performance will feature patriotic-themed music.

Over the course of the weekend, the athletics department will play host to 10 Wounded Warrior veterans who will attend various combinations of the Friday luncheon and pep rally and the football game on Saturday.

Dot Sheehan, senior associate athletics director at the University of New Hampshire and founder of Operation Hat Trick, will speak at the Nov. 16 Notre Dame Kickoff Luncheon at the Joyce Center.

Operation Hat Trick involves dozens of colleges and universities around the country selling hats to help support the recovery of wounded soldiers and veterans through the VA General Post Fund. The national program features three designs and each school can elect to sell one, two or all three styles produced by collegiate headwear manufacturer ’47 Brand.

The three styles—adjustable camouflage and team color versions as well as a stretch fit style in team color—feature the Operation Hat Trick logo as well as the logo of the school. Ten percent of all sales go to the VA General Post Fund, which provides money to patients and their caregivers for recovery, comfort kits, travel for family members, etc. All VA medical centers nationwide—152—receive assistance from the fund. An additional 10 percent goes to each participating school.

Notre Dame Operation Hat Trick hats will sold next weekend at the Friday’s Football Kickoff Luncheon, at the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore and at the Varsity Shops at Purcell Pavilion.

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Ice Country Music Fest featuring Montgomery Gentry

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Country music due, Montgomery Gentry will be in town on the eve of the Wake Forest game as they headline the Ice Country Music Fest at the Compton Family Ice Arena on Friday, November 16. Edens Edge and Florida Georgia Line will also take the stage.

Get your Ice Country Music Fest tickets at und.com/tickets or by calling (574) 631-7356. Tickets start at $39.50.

The show begins at 7:30 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m.

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Time Changes for Pittsburgh Weekend Events

Times for several signature football weekend events have changed. Please take note.

Pep Rally – Friday night’s pep rally has moved from 6 p.m. to 5 p.m., with gates opening at 4:45 p.m., at Purcell Pavilion. As always the pep rally is free and open to the public.

Tunnel Tour – Due to the earlier pep rally, the tunnel tour on Friday will close at 4:30 p.m. It will open at it’s normally time of 10 a.m.

Band Step Off – The marching band will step off 10 minutes earlier on Friday at 4:20 p.m.

Men’s Basketball Exhibition Game – The men’s basketball game vs. Cardinal Stritch slated for 9 p.m. has been moved up to 8 p.m.

Player Walk – Saturday’s player walk will start at 1:15 p.m., from the Gug rather than 1:30 p.m.

Glee Club Pregame Concert – Due to the player walk starting earlier, the glee club concert will be from 12:30-1 p.m. on Library Quad.

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2012 Olympians to be Honored this Weekend

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Following a successful trip to the 2012 London Olympics, twelve Olympians that represented their country and Notre Dame will be honored during this weekend’s festivities. The Olympians brought back five medals from the Games, including Shannon Boxx with a gold in women’s soccer.

On Friday, the Olympians will be honored during the pep rally that will be held in Purcell Pavilion at 5 p.m. Saturday morning, the Olympians will be available to meet and sign autographs at the the Notre Dame Fan Experience presented by Ford in the north dome of the Joyce Center from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Commemorative Notre Dame Olympians posters will be handed out during the autograph session. During Saturday’s game, the group will participate in the flag ceremony with Boxx as the official flag bearer.

Returning Olympians:
Natalie Achonwa – Canada, Basketball
Shannon Boxx (gold medal) – USA, Soccer
Candace Chapman (bronze medal) – Canada, Soccer
Courtney Hurley (bronze medal, team epee) – USA, Fencing (Individual & Team Epee)
Kelley Hurley (bronze medal) – USA, Fencing (Team Epee)
Lee Kiefer – USA, Fencing (Individual & Team Foil)
Gerek Meinhardt – USA, Fencing (Team Foil)
Selim Nurudeen – Nigeria, 110-Meter High Hurdles
Amanda Polk – USA, Rowing – Alternate
Mary Saxer - USA, Pole Vault – Alternate
Melissa Tancredi (bronze medal) – Canada , Soccer
Mariel Zagunis – USA, Fencing (Individual Sabre)

Not able to return:
Molly Huddle – USA, 5,000 Meters

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Oklahoma Game

For fans heading to Norman to see the Fighting Irish take on the Sooners this weekend there are several events to take part in. The Notre Dame Club of Oklahoma City is hosting a pep rally, gameday Mass and tailgate.

The pep rally will be on Friday at the great lawn of the Myriad Gardens in downtown Oklahoma City at 8 p.m. (CT) and is free and open to the public.

On Saturday, Mass will be held at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Norman at 12 p.m. (CT) and is free and open to the public. Following mass, the tailgate will kickoff four hours prior to the game at 3 p.m. (CT). Tickets are $40 per person.

Click here for complete information including how to register for the tailgate.

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BYU Pep Rally

If you are in town this Friday seeing the undefeated and fifth-ranked Fighting Irish at the pep rally is a must. This week’s pep rally will be held in the Purcell Pavilion on Friday at 6 p.m., and is free and open to the public. Gates open at 5 p.m. The Notre Dame Marching Band, Leprechaun and cheerleaders will also be there to help cheer on the Irish.

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Notre Dame Stadium Tours Now Offered

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All fans can now get an insider look at one of the most historic, tradition laden and iconic venues in athletics with a tour of Notre Dame Stadium. Listen to ushers tell the history of the stadium as you walk the concourse. Take in the expansive campus view from the press box. Walk the Notre Dame locker room, touch the Play Like a Champion sign, and step on the field!

Enjoy the hour long tour for only $10.00 per person.

Details:

Tours run Tuesday-Friday on home football weeks.

Purchase tickets at the Murnane Family Ticket Office located inside the main entrance of Purcell Pavilion 8:30am – 1:45pm. Tickets must be purchased on the day of the tour. Future tour dates not available for purchase. Tours limited to a maximum of 25 people. Children 2 & under do not require a ticket.

Times:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, and 2:00 pm (2:00 pm Thursday tour does not include tour of locker room)

Friday: 10:00 am (does not include tour of locker room or game field)

For any questions please call the ticket office at 574-631-7356.

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Notre Dame Football is 'All Fight'

In honor of breast cancer awareness month, the Notre Dame football team will be wearing pink adidas apparel during Saturday’s game against Stanford.

Coach Kelly is also getting involved, his wife, Paqui, is a two-time cancer survivor and the couple founded the organization Kelly Cares, to fight back.

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The organization will be selling 15,000 Brian Kelly face masks for the game to raise money for the foundation. The masks will be available to purchase for $5. They’ll be sold at the football Friday luncheon on campus, the Eddy Street concert Friday night, O’Rourke’s Public House. Students will also sell the masks on campus before Saturday’s game.

The undefeated and seventh ranked Irish host #17 Stanford at 3:30 p.m. at Notre Dame Stadium.

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