The Trojans are coming to town. Coach Kelly and the Irish looking for their fifth consecutive win. First night game in 21 years. This should be fun.
The 7:30 pm kickoff will certainly make for added excitement inside Notre Dame Stadium. It has also adjusted much of the weekend schedule fairly significantly. Click Here for the major changes worth noting.
For all information on the weekend schedule, check out the full schedule.
The Dan Devine Statue will be added outside Gate A, which will complete the last of the coach’s statues around the outside of the stadium. The dedication will take place Friday at 3:30pm outside of gate A and is free and open to the public.
Devine had been a leading candidate for the head coaching job at Notre Dame in 1964, when Ara Parseghian was hired. When approached for the job following Parseghian’s resignation, Devine accepted immediately, joking that it was probably the shortest job interview in history. In his six seasons at Notre Dame, Devine compiled a 53–16–1 mark (.764). His lasting achievement came midway through this run, when the Fighting Irish won the 1977 national championship, led by junior quarterback Joe Montana. The championship season was completed with a convincing 38-10 win in the 1978 Cotton Bowl Classic over previously top-ranked Texas, led by Heisman Trophy winner Earl Campbell. The win vaulted the Irish from fifth to first in the polls.
Make sure to click on the Michigan State Helmet to see post game photos from the great weekend at Notre Dame. From Tailgating, to action shots from the game, Gameday.nd.edu has it all. It was a beautiful weekend in South Bend and the Fighting Irish beating the Spartans made it even better.
Check back every Tuesday after a home game for updated photos taken by University photographer Matt Cashore that capture all the great traditions here at Notre Dame on a home football weekend.…
Subway Alum George Gajdos from San Juan Capistrano, CA, has restored a 1932 Rockne Studebaker and has graciously offered its use for Notre Dame’s Rockne Heritage Fund/Director’s Circle Recognition Weekend. The Rockne Studebaker model was only produced for two years, 1932 and 1933. Knute Rockne was aware of the production of his namesake automobile but never saw a finished product as the first completed Rockne Studebaker’s hit the road just months after the Coach’s untimely death in 1931.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will take on the Pittsburgh Panthers and first year coach, Todd Graham, this Saturday at Heinz Field, at 12:00pm E.T. The Pittsburgh Panthers are currently 2-1 this season and 2-0 at home.The Panthers are averaging 32 points a game while only giving up 25 points a game to their opponent.
The 2011 encounter will mark the 67th game between the Panthers and Irish in a series that dates back to 1909. In the most recent meeting, Notre Dame defeated Pitt, 23-17, last year in South Bend.
The Fighting Irish look to go on the road and win back to back games to improve their record to 2-2 on the season.
Former Notre Dame Bengal Bout boxing champion Mike Lee will feature in the Main Event of “Fight Like a Champion,” a professional boxing event at the University of Notre Dame to be held this Friday night, Sept. 16 benefitting a pair of Notre Dame charities.
All profits from this special evening of professional boxing held at the Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center (basketball arena) will be donated to two charities associated with Notre Dame — the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation and the Robinson Community Learning Center in South Bend.
Coach Ara Parseghian and members of the1966 National Championship Football Team will be at the Michigan State Pep Rally along with Coach Kelly and the Fighting Irish as they get ready to beat the Spartans. The ’66 team is celebrating the 45th anniversary of their 1966 National Championship season that included the famous 10-10 tie against MSU.
Come out to hear from Coach Parseghian and cheer on the Irish as they prepare to battle for the Megaphone Trophy!
The Pep Rally will be at the Irish Green, Friday at 6:00pm.
Thank you to all the fans and guests who were at Notre Dame this past Saturday for the game and who responded so well to the request to evacuate the Stadium (twice) due to the severe weather in the area. During the two weather delays, there were 335 lightning strikes within a 10 mile radius of campus. Two of the strikes each measured seven tenths of a mile from campus. The photo highlighted above depicts the one strike that occurred directly west of campus. The number of strikes and their close proximity to campus serve as a reminder of the importance to heed weather warnings and the call to seek shelter.
We are proud of how our fans and guests responded on Saturday to the adverse weather conditions!
Associate Vice President for Campus Safety
Director of Game Day Operations
Coach Kelly and the Irish football team have adjusted their pregame routine for the 2011 season. Following Mass at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the team will board buses and drive through the tailgate lot south of Notre Dame Stadium on their way to the Gug for some last minute meetings. Following the meetings, the team will walk from the Gug to the Hesburgh Library and proceed south toward the Stadium in the shadow of Touchdown Jesus.
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Tickets are now on sale for the six Friday Notre Dame Football Live kickoff luncheons for the 2011 University of Notre Dame football season.
Those events are slated for noon (Eastern time) on Sept. 2 (South Florida) and 16 (Michigan State), Oct. 7 (Air Force), 21 (USC) and 28 (Navy), and Nov. 18 (Boston College) in the north dome (field house) of the Joyce Center.…
Road construction on several streets near the University of Notre Dame campus likely will cause longer-than-normal traffic delays during the 2011 football season, especially after games.
A construction workers’ strike during the summer has delayed numerous road projects throughout Indiana, including work on Angela Boulevard, west of the campus, which is closed to all traffic until December.
In addition, State Road 933 (Michigan Street) south of the campus will be open only to vehicles weighing less than 10 tons, which will mean restrictions for buses, semi-tractor trailers and many recreational vehicles.
Centerplate, the largest hospitality partner to North America’s premier sports stadiums, convention centers and entertainment venues, announced today a series of new menu concepts, service enhancements and fan promotions for the upcoming Fighting Irish football season.
Centerplate increased the stadium’s cooking capacity with the addition of new grill stands, carving stations, and chef-attended action carts on the concourse. They have also installed a new point-of-sale system, which will speed service and provide fans greater payment flexibility.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will begin the 2011 Season ranked in the top 25 in both the AP and USA Today/Coaches Poll. Notre Dame is currently ranked 16th in the AP Poll and 18th in the USA Today Coaches Poll. This marks the highest preseason rankings for the Irish since 2006 squad. The Irish have appeared in 50 of the 62 AP preseason polls, most recently in 2009.
Three Notre Dame opponents appear in the 2011 preseason poll: Stanford (#4), Michigan State (#18), and USC (#25). Air Force, Pittsburgh, Michigan, and Maryland also received votes. With more than half of it’s opponents receiving votes in the opening poll, Notre Dame’s 2011 schedule will certainly put the ranked Irish to the test.
The first four Pep Rally times and locations have been set for the 2011 Football Season. Please come out and support the Fighting Irish as they prepare to have a great season. The schedule for 2011 is as follows:
Friday, September 2, South Florida – Dillion Hall (South Quad) at 6:00pm
Friday, September 16, Michigan State – Irish Green at 6:00pm
Friday, October 7, Air Force – Irish Green at 6:00pm
Friday, October 21, USC – Irish Green at 6:00pm
The schedules are set so that you can make plans to come cheer on the Irish as they prepare for the opener against the South Florida Bulls.
A sculpture of former University of Notre Dame football coach Dan Devine, a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and coach of the 1977 Irish national championship team, will be dedicated Friday, Oct. 7 (the day before Notre Dame’s home football game against Air Force), at Notre Dame Stadium. The dedication will take place at Notre Dame Stadium’s Gate A, which in 2010 was designated the Devine gate when the sculptures of Knute Rockne (north tunnel), Ara Parseghian (Gate B), Frank Leahy (Gate C) and Lou Holtz (Gate D) were re-located outside the stadium walls. Rockne, Parseghian, Leahy, Holtz and Devine are the five former Irish football coaches – all of them Hall of Fame inductees – who have won one or more national titles at Notre Dame.
Just as it does every other day of the year, academics play a key role on Notre Dame football Saturdays. The Academic Lecture Series schedule has been set for the 2011 Football Season. For more information regarding our four unique lecture series’, please visit our Academics page…
The wait is finally over for Notre Dames’ 2010 free agents that have waited eagerly to sign with a team and start playing football again. The signees are as follows:
- Armando Allen (RB) –Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Robert Hughes (RB) – Chicago Bears
- Kerry Neal (LB) – Indianapolis Colts
- Brian Smith (LB) – Cleveland Browns
- Chris Stewart (OL) – New York Jets
- Darrin Walls (DB) – Atlanta Falcons
- Ian Williams (DT) – San Francisco 49ers
The seven graduates listed above will join Kyle Rudolph (TE) of the Minnesota Vikings in preparation of the 2011 season. We wish them all a successful future in the National Football League. Good Luck with Training Camp and let football begin!
The University of Notre Dame today unveiled retro-style adidas football uniforms that the Fighting Irish will wear against Michigan on Sept. 10, 2011, to celebrate the first night game ever played at Michigan Stadium.
This will be the first prime-time meeting between the Irish and Wolverines since a 1990 matchup of top-five teams in South Bend. ESPN will broadcast the game nationally at 8 p.m. EDT.
“We are happy to partner with adidas to help commemorate the first night game at Michigan Stadium with new uniforms,” said Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly. “It seems fitting that the two schools with the two best winning percentages in college football play in this historic game. I know our players are looking forward to the contest and both teams’ new uniforms will only add to the excitement in the Big House on September 10.”
More pictures of the new retro uniforms.
With Commencement 2011 behind us, the next full University event in Notre Dame Stadium will be Notre Dame vs. South Florida on Saturday, September 3rd!
To get in the ‘football state-of-mind’ check out the virtual tour of the Notre Dame Stadium locker room constructed by Univeristy photographer Matt Cashore and the Office of Public Affairs and Communication. Be sure to turn your sound up as you enjoy the virtual tour!