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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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Limited Tickets Available for Notre Dame: A Welcome Home

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A limited number of tickets have become available for “Notre Dame: A Welcome Home”. This event will mix in elements of a typical Notre Dame pep rally with popular Irish performances and singers to create an amazing collaboration.

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.

Tickets will be available to purchase on Tuesday, July 31 starting at 8:30 a.m. EST in-person at the Murnane Family Ticket Office or over the phone at (574) 631-7356. Tickets will not be available to purchase online. The tickets are $20 each (service fees apply).

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Pep Rally Locations Announced

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The locations for the pep rallies have been set.

The first pep rally of the 2012 season will be held Friday, September 7 on South Quad at the Rockne Memorial on the eve of the home opener against Purdue. The pep rally will celebrate the 125th anniversary of Notre Dame football by highlighting Knute Rockne.

On Friday, September 21, prior to the night game against rival Michigan, the pep rally will take place on the Library Mall in between the Hesburgh Library and Notre Dame Stadium with Touchdown Jesus as the backdrop.

The pep rally for the 2012 Shamrock Series that features the Fighting Irish and the Miami Hurricanes in Chicago, will be at Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park on Friday, October 5.

The final four pep rallies of the season – Stanford, BYU, Pittsburgh, Wake Forest – will be held indoors at the Purcell Pavilion.

This year will mark 125 years of Notre Dame football and celebrations will be sure to be incorporated into the pep rallies.

All pep rallies begin at 6 p.m., unless otherwise noted and are free and open to the public.

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125 Years of Notre Dame Football

This year will mark the 125th anniversary of Notre Dame football and with that, Notre Dame Athletics and Fighting Irish Digital Media has launched a website devoted to "125 years of Irish football":http://125.nd.edu. It currently has three “Strong and True” moments featured. Then, beginning Thursday, Aug. 30 (the day the Notre Dame football team arrives in Ireland for its 2012 season opener against Navy), 125 “Strong and True” moments will be released (one per day) via digital media, along with photo and video galleries.

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ND Football Tickets to go on sale Thursday

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2012 Notre Dame Football home game tickets will go on sale to the public starting July 19, 2012 at 8:30 a.m. Tickets will be on sale for home games played at Notre Dame Stadium, quantities and limits to be determined. This sale does not include the annual off-site home game or any away games. Service charges apply. Please call 574-631-7356 or email seller1@nd.edu with any questions.

Check out the Notre Dame Ticket Page for more information!

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Performers Set for “Notre Dame: A Welcome Home” at O2 Arena

While Friday nights before Notre Dame football games in South Bend are usually spent celebrating Fighting Irish football at pep rallies, in Ireland fans will receive a once-in-a-lifetime experience at “Notre Dame: A Welcome Home.” This 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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Among the Irish performers will be Brian Kennedy. A protégé of Van Morrison, Brian is an acclaimed singer from Belfast. He has shared the global stage with Morrison, as well as Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and Ray Charles. Other singers at the event will include Damian Dempsey, Eimear Quinn, Anthony Kearns, ballad group, The High Kings, and the Irish choir, Anuna.

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Liam O’Flynn will be featured at “Notre Dame: A Welcome Home.” O’Flynn is a master uilleann piper and prominent Irish folk musician. In 2007, he was named Musician of the Year at the TG4 Gradam Ceoil Awards, considered to be the foremost recognition given to traditional Irish musicians.

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Irish dancing will be highlighted during the event as Colin Dunne performs. Colin is a leading figure in the world of traditional Irish dance. He is best known internationally for his performances and choreography in “Riverdance.”

Also sharing the stage with the Irish performers will be the Notre Dame band, cheerleaders and of course, the Leprechaun.

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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