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Notre Dame Athletics Announces Improved Fighting Irish App

Aug. 10, 2018

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — In partnership with GoHopscotch, Inc., the University of Notre Dame athletic department announced the release of its improved mobile app Friday. The new Notre Dame Fighting Irish app replaces the WatchND app and will provide a comprehensive fan experience for users.

“We are always looking at ways to enhance our fan experience,” said Fred Villarruel, Digital Platform Manager for Fighting Irish Media. “Our goal was to make the Notre Dame Fighting Irish app a one-stop shop for everything an Irish fan would need to engage with the players and teams they love.”

The new Notre Dame Fighting Irish app will have native live stats, schedules, rosters, news and push alerts for all Notre Dame sports. It will continue to host a native feed of video content produced by Fighting Irish Media, and now will also have a permanent home for free live and on-demand Notre Dame audio (football, coach shows, podcasts, interviews, etc.). In addition, fans can find information on all Notre Dame Athletics facilities, buy Fighting Irish merchandise, and engage with an Irish HQ that will be dynamically updated with contests, promotions and other exclusive fan engagement content. It will be fans’ primary destination on game days, with free live audio, play-by-play, in-game stats and in-game alerts, as well as game day info. Notre Dame is also introducing “Irish Reality,” a unique augmented reality experience exclusively for Notre Dame season ticket holders that will make game day tickets come to life with the stories of Notre Dame’s history and brand.

Later enhancements this fall will include fully integrated mobile ticketing.

“Notre Dame is one of the biggest athletic brands in the world,” said Laurence Sotsky, founder and CEO of Hopscotch. “Our team, in conjunction with Notre Dame, set out to deliver an unparalleled mobile app experience for Irish fans. For the university and for us, it is about creating a truly unique mobile experience that transcends game day, that makes the essence of the Irish come to life.

“While many other vendors crank out templated apps, we went the absolute opposite direction with Notre Dame. Augmented reality, deep stats and scores, audio, video and many other app exclusives set the Notre Dame Fighting Irish app as the new gold standard in the industry. We couldn’t be happier working with this team and the end product we have delivered.”

App Details

  • Updated design for 2018-19 season
  • Introducing `Irish Reality’ — a slick new augmented reality feature for ND season ticket holders
  • Take the Irish everywhere you go with FREE live and on-demand audio of games, shows, and more
  • Improved app performance
  • Download the app or update your WatchND app now from the App Store or Google Play



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