Despite the rain showers this afternoon, the Michigan pep rally will remain outside at the Library Quad as planned. The pep rally is set for 6 p.m. Go Irish, Beat Michigan!
This week's pep rally will be held on the Library Quad in between Hesburgh Library and Notre Dame Stadium with Touchdown Jesus as the backdrop. Dick Vitale will emcee the pep rally with the 1977 National Championship team being honored. There will also be a special musical performance by Notre Dame grads, Santiago x the Natural. As always, head coach Brian Kelly and the rest of the Fighting Irish will be at Friday's pep rally along with the Notre Dame marching band, the Leprechaun and cheerleaders. The pep rally is free and open to the public.
As part of the university’s season-long celebration of 125 Years of Notre Dame Football, a high-resolution 360-degree photo will be taken during the first quarter of the Sept. 22 Notre Dame-Michigan game at Notre Dame Stadium (7:30 pm EDT on NBC). The 125 Year Celebration Interactive Photo – Presented by South Bend Airport will allow fans to find and tag themselves, share with friends, win prizes and celebrate this historic milestone for Notre Dame Football. Early the week of Sept. 24, the interactive photo will be available at http://125.nd.edu/pano. Fans can visit the website now to input their contact information to be emailed when the photo is posted. Since late August, 125.nd.edu has been dedicated to celebrating 125 Years of Notre Dame Football and 125 “Strong and True” moments (one per day) will continue to be posted on the site via digital media throughout the season.
For all fans traveling to campus this weekend for the much anticipated night game between the Fighting Irish and the Michigan Wolverines, please take note that all parking lots will still open at 8 a.m., and close three hours after the game. Go Irish, beat Wolverines!
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!
Find the location of your favorite food on the updated concessions map for Notre Dame Stadium! Click the maps to see the the full view.
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. 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. 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 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.
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
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. 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. 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.
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.
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. 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
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.
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
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. 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
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. 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.
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