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2012 Feedback

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As we look back on the 2012 season and look ahead to the 2013 season, the game day team would like your feedback and suggestions on ways to make Notre Dame football weekends even better. The game day team constantly strives to make Notre Dame football weekends the bench mark in fan experience and every year we look to make the fan experience better than the last. To submit feedback and suggestions, email the game day team at gameday@nd.edu.

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Historic Season Ends at BCS National Championship

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Notre Dame concluded a historic run that saw the Irish go an undefeated 12-0 during the regular season. The 125 year of Notre Dame football ended at the BCS National Championship with a loss to defending national champion, Alabama, 42-14.

The historic season began in Dublin, Ireland and ended in Miami, Florida. Fans watched the Irish defeat arch-rivals, dramatic wins sealed by goal-line stands and go a perfect 12-0 in the regular season.

Notre Dame’s bid for a 12th consensus national title ended a step short, but coach Brian Kelly expects 15 returning starters to be able to show the way in 2013.

All we know is that August 31 can’t come soon enough! Go Irish!

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BCS National Championship Events

This weekend, Notre Dame fans will have the opportunity to enjoy events in South Florida centered around the BCS National Championship game on Monday, January 7. The game features the Fighting Irish against defending national championship Alabama. Click here for the full events schedule.

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On Saturday, January 5 the Discover Championship Fan Experience presented by Bud Light and Dr. Pepper will be open for fans from 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. right on South Beach. Live bands, interactive games, zip line, contests, and Championship Trophy photo opportunities and much more.

At 7 p.m., the Notre Dame Pep Rally will hit the stage with the Notre Dame Marching Band, cheerleaders and the Leprechaun along with special Notre Dame guests including coaching legend Lou Holtz, Irish greats Joe Theismann, Tony Rice, Pat Terrell, Mike Golic Sr., and comedian Martin Short. Both events on Saturday are free and open to the public.

On Sunday, January 6, two official Notre Dame Masses will be offered. The InterContinental hotel in downtown Miami will host Mass at 10 a.m. with Rev. John Jenkins, C.S.C., celebrant and homilist. The Bonaventure Resort and Spa in Weston, FL will also offer a Mass for fans staying north of the city. Rev. Paul Kollman, C.S.C., celebrant and homilist. Both Masses are open to the public.

At 12 p.m. the Discover Championship Fan Experience presented by Bud Light and Dr. Pepper will again be open for fans till 8 p.m. A concert featuring Flo Rida will be held at 7 p.m. with opening acts at 6 p.m.

On game day, fans can head to the Bud Light Championship Game Day Fan Zone presented by AllState. Experience the thrill and tradition of Sun Life Stadium and college football at the Bud Light Championship Game Day Fan Zone presented by Allstate. Enjoy live entertainment, interactive and inflatable games and much more. Click here for complete information.

Kickoff for the BCS National Championship game is set for 8:30 p.m. at Sun Life Stadium with gates opening at 6 p.m.

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Notre Dame Mass in South Florida

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On the Sunday prior to the BCS National Championship game, two official Notre Dame Masses will take place in South Florida. One will be held in downtown Miami at the InterContinental Miami, while the other will be north of the city at the Bonaventure Resort and Spa in Weston. Both Masses will be held at 10 a.m. on Sunday, January 6 and is open to the public.

For a complete list of events held in South Florida, click here.

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Pep Rally Speakers Announced

Notre Dame Athletics is excited to announce the pep rally speakers for the BCS National Championship game. Guest speakers include Notre Dame coaching legend Lou Holtz, Irish greats Joe Theismann, Tony Rice, Pat Terrell, Mike Golic Sr., and comedian Martin Short.

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As part of the all-day Discover Championship Fan Experience presented by Bud Light and Dr. Pepper on Saturday, January 5 on South Beach, Notre Dame’s pep rally will take place at 7 p.m. The Notre Dame Marching Band, cheerleaders and Leprechaun will also be in attendance. This event is free and open to the public.

Click here for a complete schedule of events

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Limited Hotel Rooms Available in Miami

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The University has a limited number of hotel rooms available for Notre Dame fans traveling to South Florida for the BCS National Championship game. Rooms are available at the Trump Doral Golf Resort and the Hilton Downtown Miami. Please link below and reserve your accommodations. All rooms available on a first come, first serve basis.

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Notre Dame Gameday - Event of the Weekend!

On Monday, January 7 from noon till 4 p.m. at the Bayfront Park, fans have the opportunity to be a part of the largest Notre Dame fan party of the year! This event will be the destination for Notre Dame alumni, family and friends to kick off the BCS National Championship Game.

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This festival will feature world-renowned Irish band Gaelic Storm, the Notre Dame Marching Band, cheerleaders, the Leprechaun, and special Notre Dame celebrity guest speakers. There will be activities and fun for every age group. We anticipate more than 10,000 Notre Dame fans to be a part of this very special event – an event you will not want to miss!

Please CLICK HERE to register. The event costs $75.00 per person and includes tailgate buffet, beer, wine, and soft drinks. (Children under 12 admitted free)

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Notre Dame to Play Alabama in BCS National Championship

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Top-ranked Notre Dame (12-0) will meet second-rated Alabama (12-1) as the top two teams in the final Bowl Championship Series poll square off Jan. 7, 2013, in the Discover BCS National Championship Game at Sun Life Stadium (71,540 capacity) in Miami Gardens, Fla. Kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m. EST.

Both teams receive 17,000 tickets to the BCS Championship Game. There will be no public sale for any of the seats allocated to Notre Dame. A lottery system will be utilized to distribute the tickets to various University constituents. Please visit www.und.com/tickets for more information.

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Events in LA

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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