Features Full Football Weekend of Events in San Antonio
By John Heisler
Among special guests at various weekend events include former Irish women’s basketball All-American Ruth Riley, retired Major General Patrick Brady (a Medal of Honor recipient and Vietnam veteran), former Irish running back and Vietnam veteran Rocky Bleier, (former San Antonio Spurs great) David and (current Irish student body president and former Irish receiver) Corey Robinson and country rock singer CJ Solar.
The University of Notre Dame’s 2016 Shamrock Series football game Nov. 12 against Army at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, includes a series of events throughout the weekend at various locations in the San Antonio area.
The Shamrock Series events annually include not only a football game but also a variety of other activities for Notre Dame alumni and fans.
Here are some of the featured events during the weekend:
-- A Friday night band concert at the Alamo featuring the Band of the Fighting Irish, the Notre Dame cheerleaders and the leprechaun (6-7 p.m. CST, free and open to the public; Mike Brown will serve as master of ceremonies). Guests include Bleier and the Robinsons. In addition, the band will play music from five floating barges from 8-9 p.m. Friday on the San Antonio River Walk. The Notre Dame Drummer’s Circle takes place from 9:30-10 p.m. CST Friday at Arneson River Theatre (free and open to the public).
-- A Saturday Shamrock Series 5K run in downtown San Antonio (7:30 a.m. CST; open to the public; signup/registration details at gameday.nd.edu, including noon-8 p.m. CST Friday at the Grand Hyatt and 6:30-7:15 a.m. Saturday at Mayor Maury Maverick Plaza). Event net proceeds from the Shamrock Series 5K go to fellowships and support for active-duty and veteran graduate students at the University of Notre Dame. The race begins and ends at Mayor Maury Maverick Plaza. The registration fee is $35 through midnight on Nov. 10 and also available onsite at package pickup Nov. 10 and 11--and $40 on site on race day. Registration link: bit.ly/ShamrockSeries5k; volunteer link: bit.ly/ShamrockSeries5kVolunteer; donation Link: www.crowdrise.com/ShamrockSeries5k.
-- A Saturday Mass at the San Fernando Cathedral (10 a.m. CST; 115 West Main Plaza in San Antonio, free and open to the public). Seating inside the cathedral is limited, and there will be additional seating outside the building.
-- The Notre Dame Shamrock Series Fan Fest pre-game event at the Alamodome North Plaza, featuring food and beverage tents and trucks, Under Armour giveaways and photo ops, a Fanatics merchandise tent, live musical entertainment by CJ Solar, interview segments with VIP guests including Riley, Maj. Gen. Brady, Bleier and the Robinsons, a rock-climbing wall, an inflatable football game, corn hole games and face painters (10 a.m.-2 p.m. CST Saturday; entry is free and open to the public). Soldiers from the 1st Cavalry Division will have a Bradley Fighting Vehicle on site for fans to check out. The master of ceremonies will be Jac Collinsworth.
-- The Notre Dame Alumni Association Go Irish! Tailgate presented by Delta Airlines, with appearances by the Notre Dame cheerleaders, Band of the Fighting Irish and leprechaun; ticket price includes Tex-Mex lunch buffet, soft drinks, water and open bar (10 a.m.-2 p.m. CST Saturday at Sunset Station Depot 4; tickets are $75 for adults, $30 for children 4-17, children 3 and under are free; open to the public; registration is required: bit.ly/NDAA_Shamrock_Series_Tailgate).
-- Three Friday academic programs, sponsored by various Notre Dame academic departments (all free and open to the public):
“Let’s Have a Moment of Science,” hosted by the Notre Dame College of Science; “Ted Talks” with an open house and science demonstration showcasing Notre Dame science and all STEM areas (8:30-11:30 a.m. CST Friday at the Villita Assembly Building). “Ted Talks” subjects are “Fighting for farmers and freshwater,” “Mathematical patterns in our own world,” “Bugs in our backyard; tropical diseases in the US” and “Human faces: simple and complex, diverse and alike.”
“Turning Points: Election 2016 and Beyond,” sponsored by the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy & Institute for Latino Studies; moderated panel discussion with audience Q&A (1:30-2:30 p.m. CST at the Grand Hyatt Republic Room).
“God, Country, Notre Dame: Reflections on National Security Leadership and Conflict Prevention after 2016,” hosted by Notre Dame International Security Program and the Keough School of Global Affairs (3-4 p.m. CST at the Grand Hyatt Republic Room).
-- A Saturday with the Saints lecture (8:30-9:30 a.m. CST Saturday at the Cathedral Center Café; free and open to the public).
-- A Friday service project at St. Gerard’s High School; volunteers will be painting, cleaning and gardening at the school; lunch will be provided; sponsored by the Notre Dame Alumni Association (10 a.m.-2 p.m. CST; Registration is required: bit.ly/NDAA Shamrock Series ServiceProject).
-- A Friday practice by the Band of the Fighting Irish (10:30-11:30 a.m. CST, Central Catholic High School, 1403 North St. Mary’s Street in San Antonio). The band will step off at 11:15 a.m. CST Saturday from the Main Plaza adjacent to San Fernando Cathedral and arrive at Sunset Station at 11:30 a.m. CST.
-- Shamrock Series Fiesta hosted by the Notre Dame Club of San Antonio and the Notre Dame Alumni Association featuring guest speakers, a live DJ and the world famous mariachi band Campanas de America; all proceeds benefit the Notre Dame Club of San Antonio ND Student Scholarship Fund (7-11 p.m. CST Friday at the IBC Bank Plaza; tickets are $25; children 9 and under are free; price includes food, soft drinks, water and four alcoholic beverage tickets; registration at sanantonio.undclub.org/s/1210/clubsclasses).
-- The Notre Dame-Army football game that kicks off at 2:30 p.m. CST at the Alamodome. Gates open at 1 p.m. CST.
Alumni headquarters for the weekend will be the Grand Hyatt San Antonio at 600 East Market Street in San Antonio (210-224-1234).
The Grand Hyatt will include a Notre Dame Hammes Bookstore satellite store, as well as an Anthony Travel hospitality desk.
Go to gameday.nd.edu for a complete listing of all the weekend’s events.
Here is the Alamodome bag policy: https://www/alamobowl.com/faqs/.
This marks the eighth straight year Notre Dame has taken one of its football games “offsite”--after playing in San Antonio in 2009 (vs. Washington State at the Alamodome), in New York City in 2010 (vs. Army at Yankee Stadium) and in Washington, D.C., in 2011 (vs. Maryland at FedExField), in Chicago in 2012 (vs. Miami at Soldier Field), in North Texas in 2013 (vs. Arizona State at AT&T Stadium), in Indianapolis in 2014 (vs. Purdue at Lucas Oil Stadium) and in Boston in 2015 (vs. Boston College at Fenway Park).
There will not be a designated Shamrock Series game in 2017—with the Irish instead slated to play seven games in Notre Dame Stadium upon the completion of the Campus Crossroads Project. The Shamrock Series is expected to resume in 2018.