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Excellent!! Let's look forward to seeing this team really come together and win some games to finish strong!
 

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And our tickets are Section 20 Row 52, the big ol' STUB HUB said it was, "where all the fun is had" or some junk like that.

If any of you can give me some insight into wether I was fleeced or got some decent tix, I'd appreciate all the input!

It looks like you're going to be in the west corner of the southern endzone.

Notre Dame Stadium Seating Chart
 

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helpful to old and new. i actually printed it out as i plan on going to a notre dame game next year. not this year next year.
 
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First time poster here. Glad to be among other fans...there aren't a lot in Memphis.

Although I've been to ND games before, I have never really done a "real ND" home game. I've been to Legends to drink and I've walked around campus...but never anything like the Drummers Circle or Pep Rally or anything truly traditional as it relates to ND.

I am coming up for the ND-Michigan game and put together the following itinerary. I was hoping some of you could take a look and maybe suggest other things instead of what's on my list...maybe give me a few insider hints...or tell me if my times are wrong. I'm sure this is a bit anal retentive...but I want to make sure I do it right this time.

Arrive in South Bend Friday at 3:30pm
3:30-5:00: College Football Hall of Fame
5:30: Head to pep-rally (not sure how long this lasts)
7:30: Guiness at Legends
10:00: Try to see the helmets being painted in the north entrance (not sure if this is possible)
Midnight: Drum Circle
Drinks at Corby's afterwards
Gameday:
9:00: Rockne's Grave then Rockne Memorial
9:30: Grotto to light a candle
10:00: Bloody Marys and Bagpipes close to stadium (not sure when this is but went two years ago and loved it)
11:00: Try to find some nice tailgaters
1:30: Player walk to stadium
2:00: Band Concert
3:00: Game
After Game: The Linebacker.
 
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That is a fantastic itinerary. I am going to the Michigan game in less than a month, and you gave me a great starting off point. I was at the USC game last year (disaster of a game), so i saw some of the stuff already, but there is plenty more that I look forward to seeing. My lady is from South Bend and is a graduate, so I've been to SB plenty of times, but there is nothing like gameday. The pep rally, if I remember correctly, started later, like at about 7 or so. It was a great time. As for the Linebacker, it is PACKED! But i still had to do it once. I suggest hanging out with the old men around the bar and talking old school ND football. Legends is great for a relaxed time drinking a Guiness. I'll be looking for a good tailgate as well. Good luck!!!!!
 

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How could you forget the ND outlet store? The best place to get anything ND!
 

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How could you forget the ND outlet store? The best place to get anything ND!

I get all my gear there! Guys, the prices there are not even funny. My friends are always jealous when I come back home because I get so much gear at such cheap prices. Also great for Xmas shopping.

However, for this thread, it doesn't work because the store is closed during the season. The only reason I get to shop there is because my lady is from SB and we go to visit her parents. But as far as going there before a game, as far as I know it's always closed during these times. That's what my lady told me, and every time we go for a game it's closed. If I'm wrong let me know...
 

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I get all my gear there! Guys, the prices there are not even funny. My friends are always jealous when I come back home because I get so much gear at such cheap prices. Also great for Xmas shopping.

However, for this thread, it doesn't work because the store is closed during the season. The only reason I get to shop there is because my lady is from SB and we go to visit her parents. But as far as going there before a game, as far as I know it's always closed during these times. That's what my lady told me, and every time we go for a game it's closed. If I'm wrong let me know...
Would be interested to know this info as well since I'm headed out on Thursday for the Pitt game. My sister's family is also going...this will be their first trip to ND so I'm sure she'd appreciate some ND gear on the cheap.
 

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Would be interested to know this info as well since I'm headed out on Thursday for the Pitt game. My sister's family is also going...this will be their first trip to ND so I'm sure she'd appreciate some ND gear on the cheap.

Just talked to my fiance, and she's not completely sure if it's closed or not. She said it is on Ironwood, between Edison and 23rd (whatever that means; I'm not from the area but I've been there several times. It's near a McDonald's). If it's open, you're in luck 'cause it's a goldmine. Good luck...
 

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Just talked to my fiance, and she's not completely sure if it's closed or not. She said it is on Ironwood, between Edison and 23rd (whatever that means; I'm not from the area but I've been there several times. It's near a McDonald's). If it's open, you're in luck 'cause it's a goldmine. Good luck...
Thanks for the info....wonder if she means Indiana route 23 (S. Bend Ave)....23rd st is south of campus and runs parallel with Ironwood from what I can tell.

Any idea what the name of the place is?

Google only turned up on McDonalds on Ironwood which happens to be very close to Indiana SR23. Gotta be it:

1519 N Ironwood Dr, South Bend, IN‎
 
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Friday night College Football Hall of Fame w/a live band and drinks. Afterward - hit Fiddler's Hearth for a late night Guiness and a bowl of PotatoSoup or Sheppard's Pie.
 

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Friday night College Football Hall of Fame w/a live band and drinks. Afterward - hit Fiddler's Hearth for a late night Guiness and a bowl of PotatoSoup or Sheppard's Pie.

The fish and chips at Fiddler's are AMAZING!!! I def have to get them everytime I go there.
 
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a couple of buddies and i are thinking about coming out to south bend for the uw/nd game. we've never been out there before and are looking for some insites. which airport would be best to fly into? whats the best form of transportation to south bend from that airport? any suggestions on where to stay for the weekend? best game day spots?

thanks
 

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Flying into South Bend Regional is the most convenient. You're just a taxi ride away from campus.
 

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Flying into South Bend Regional is the most convenient. You're just a taxi ride away from campus.

If you can't do that for what ever reason fly into Chicago, then taking the bus (forgot what bus company it is) to the SB airport is your next best bet. I've done it coming home several times and it's worth it and pretty cheap.
 

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I get all my gear there! Guys, the prices there are not even funny. My friends are always jealous when I come back home because I get so much gear at such cheap prices. Also great for Xmas shopping.

However, for this thread, it doesn't work because the store is closed during the season. The only reason I get to shop there is because my lady is from SB and we go to visit her parents. But as far as going there before a game, as far as I know it's always closed during these times. That's what my lady told me, and every time we go for a game it's closed. If I'm wrong let me know...

UPDATE: If anyone is wondering it IS open during season, but is NOT open on GAMEDAYS. That must be where the confusion was.
 

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Look for Gridiron Grafitti (printout of the weekend's events). It's always available in the bookstore and used to be in LaFortune too. Might also be able to get it in the Eck Center across from the bookstore too.
Note that this is now called the Gridiron Guide....and you can download it (usually around Thursday during game week) at Notre Dame Official Athletic Site (look for the link near the bottom of the page under Irish Items)
 

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Just wanted to thank you for all the great information in this thread. I got to attend my very first Irish game for the Nevada game and I was able to experience a lot more with your tips.
The outlet store was closed on the Friday we were there. They had a sign saying it wouldn't reopen until mid-November. Just thought I would throw that out there. :)
 

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Just wanted to thank you for all the great information in this thread. I got to attend my very first Irish game for the Nevada game and I was able to experience a lot more with your tips.
The outlet store was closed on the Friday we were there. They had a sign saying it wouldn't reopen until mid-November. Just thought I would throw that out there. :)


Welcome and thanks for sharing the feedback.
 
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My girlfriend just bought me tickets for the Navy Game - it has been like 10 years since i have been there.
i think she said we are staying at the candle wood.
can you guys give me any updates on
how is parking - best place to park?
bars we should hit after the game?
how is the weather the first week in nov?
how is the ND experince?
any past players hang out and talk?
 

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how is parking - best place to park?
I dunno if it's the "best" place to park, but we always get to campus in time to have breakfast at the South Dining Hall (kids love it, reminds them of Harry Potter) and park at St. Mary's college. Not too far of a walk to campus I guess....maybe a mile.

Nice and easy on the way in as it's all downhill, little more of a walk heading home uphill :)
 

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Thanks for the list! Still planning on making it to a game soon, although I have been wanting to go since I was 3, now I'm 29. Pretty pathetic, I need to get on it.
 

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It's worth every single penny. Greatest place on earth to enjoy a football weekend. I've been to games, and since my wife is from South Bend, I've been back several times. I just got back from South Bend a couple of days ago, and seeing the campus in the snow was special. You will not be disappointed when you do go...
 
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