Game Day

Game Day Run Club

Get a running start on Game Days this season!

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Game Day Operations presents the Game Day Run Club; a guided, scenic running tour of campus on game day mornings. Along the run, participants will encounter campus highlights, including the Golden Dome, the Basilica, the Grotto, South Quad, Library Quad, athletics facilities, campus lakes, and more!

Beginning a month prior to each game, guests will have the opportunity to register for their run of choice for $15 with an Under Armour T-Shirt. Registration is capped at 50 participants for each Run Club. Registration will open approximately one month prior to each Run Club.

2018 Run Times

Date Opponent Run Club Start Time Registration
April 21 Blue-Gold Game 8:00 a.m. Closed
September 1 Michigan 9:00 a.m. Closed
September 8 Ball State 8:00 a.m. Closed
September 15 Vanderbilt No Run Club See gamedaychase.com 
September 29 Stanford 9:00 a.m. Closed
October 13 Pittsburgh 8:00 a.m. FULL
November 10 Florida State 9:00 a.m. OPEN
  • At the beginning of each run, participants will have the opportunity to choose their pace level and group.
  • Runs will last approximately 30 - 45 minutes, depending on each group's pace.
  • All runs are lead by members of the Notre Dame Tri Team and campus staff that are avid runners!  
  • After the run, participants will return to retrieve their belongings and enjoy post-run refreshments before heading out to enjoy Game Day!

Temporary parking will be provided for all Game Day Run Club participants from 7:00-10:00 a.m. ET in the Bulla Parking Lot off of Twyckenham Drive and Bulla Road. Check-in at Gate 2* (Joyce Center), 30 minutes prior to your selected run.  Run start times are in conjunction with game kickoff times.

*Gate 2 is adjacent to Corbett Family Hall (east side of Notre Dame Stadium). 

In cases of inclement weather, participants will be notified of changes to Game Day Run Club via the email address they provide and reimbursed if the run is cancelled by The University.

**Please check out information for the Kelly Cares Foundation Game Day Chase 5K Run & 5K Family Walk on September 15th, 2018 at 8:00 a.m., and note there will not be a Game Day Run Club on Sept. 15th vs. Vanderbilt. 


Game Day Yoga

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Join Smith Center for Recreational Sports and Game Day to energize your home game mornings with free yoga open to all ability levels!

Yoga will begin at 9:00 a.m. each Game Day Saturday in the Joyce Center Fieldhouse (enter Gate 2). 

A limited number of yoga mats will be available for use. Participants are welcome to bring their own mats. A complimentary short-term parking permit is available to participants who register and request a permit. This permit allows participants to park in the Bulla Lot on the east side of campus at the corner of Twyckenham Drive and Bulla Road between 8:00 - 11:00 a.m. Registered participants will receive their parking permit via email.

Registration is encouraged for participants to receive a complimentary short-term parking pass and updates in case of inclement weather. Register at gameday.nd.edu/yoga


Fan Fest 

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Fan Fest is located at The Harris Family Track and Field Stadium for the 2018 Season.

  • Open from 10:00 a.m. to thirty minutes before kickoff for all home games. 
  • LIVE ABC57 Saturday Kickoff Show: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Admission is free to the dynamic and redesigned Fan Fest allowing fans to view segments with Notre Dame Football greats while listening to live music, participating in interactive opportunities, games, food and giveaways.

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LaBar Practice Field

Due to construction on the adjacent Irish Indoor Athletics Center, LaBar Practice Field will be closed to the public for the 2018 season.

For more information on this new facility (set to be complete in July 2019), click here.


Player Walk

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Coach Kelly and the Irish football team arrive at the Gug on Saturday afternoons for final preparations before taking the field at Notre Dame Stadium. After the team walks from the Gug to the Hesburgh Library, they proceed south toward the Stadium, and enter the house that Rockne built through the North Tunnel gates. 

The Player Walk takes place 2 hours and 15 minutes before kickoff:

  • 12:15 p.m. for 2:30 p.m. kickoff
  •   1:15 p.m. for 3:30 p.m. kickoff
  •   5:15 p.m. for 7:30 p.m. kickoff

Warm-ups

  • Warmups

    Fans may enter the Stadium 90 minutes prior to kickoff and are welcome to catch pregame warm-ups on the field.
  • Warm-ups start approximately one hour before kickoff.
  • Get to the Stadium early to see the players work with their position coaches to get ready for their opponent!

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Students stand throughout the entire game, screaming along with every cheer, dancing the jig, or doing push-ups matching the Irish score on every touchdown to show support for their classmates on the field. Whether the Irish are up on their opponent or down, Notre Dame students provide their full support until beyond when the clock hits zero. Notre Dame students take their football seriously and make their presence known at home games. The student section stands in the northwest corner of the stadium, where field pads read, "We Are ND." Most students wear The Shirt making the student section appear as a sea of green, blue, or gold depending on the Shirt's color. The 29th Shirt was unveiled in the spring at Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore prior to the Blue-Gold Game weekend.

Win or lose, the student body will still be there at the end of every Notre Dame home game to honor their classmates on the field. Students stay in the stands until the team leaves the field, no matter the result. Go Irish!


Alma Mater

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At the conclusion of each game, the team approaches the student section to sing the Alma Mater together.  As the Notre Dame band begins to play, fans and the team put their arms around each other and sway arm-in-arm as they sing.


Victory Clog

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After every win, the Irish Guard perform their traditional Victory Clog for fans before they join the band to leave the field.