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Pep rally, game day info, campus events

NOTRE DAME, Ind. (WNDU) WNDU is your home for Notre Dame football all day long Saturday, beginning in the tailgating lots at 7 a.m.

At 6 p.m., we’ll be live inside and outside the stadium on NewsCenter 16.

At 6:30 p.m., Countdown to Kickoff will be live on the field.

Then the Wolverines and the Irish kick off just after 7:30 p.m.

Finally, we’ll have all the highlights and reaction on NewsCenter 16 after the game.

Fan Information
When you go into the stadium you can no longer take any large bags that are not see through. This is part of the university’s new ‘clear bag policy’. You must use a Ziploc bag or transparent bag that doesn’t exceed 12x6x12 inches.

If you’re bringing a small clutch or wallet, it can be no larger than 4.5×6.5 inches.

No coolers, backpacks, camera bags or large purses that aren’t clear will be allowed in the stadium.

“I think it gives security a real good opportunity to get a good look at what’s inside a bag,” said university spokesperson Dennis Brown. “If somebody’s carrying a backpack or something it can be a little hit or miss so this allows for a real, thorough check.”

Brown said there will be an express lane for people who don’t have a bag at all to expedite the process. He said once people get used to the new system, it should make the entry process a little more smooth.

Notre Dame decided to start the ‘clear bag’ policy this year to model security tactics that work well at other universities and in the NFL.

If you forget about the policy you can take your items back to your car or there will be a delivery system for you to ship your items back home if you want to do it that way.

‘Green Out’
Saturday’s game will be a ‘green out’ in Kelly Green, that is. All Fighting Irish fans are asked to wear green.

The students in charge of designing ‘The Shirt’ for this year decided the green would be especially important for the Michigan game. They said they looked ahead at this game specifically because they wear similar colors to Notre Dame.

Student organizers said they thought back to last year’s Georgia game when everyone from the other team was wearing red, so they want that same feel, this time for Notre Dame.

“Our goal with the Notre Dame ‘green out’ was to make sure that all Notre Dame fans are recognized by wearing this green so that way the Notre Dame Football Team has confidence in knowing their fans are there supporting them,” said Nick Martinez, the Vice President of The Shirt Project.

Fans on Friday were already rocking the green on campus.

College GameDay
Notre Dame is in the national spotlight as they take on Michigan this weekend. That’s because College GameDay is back in town for the first time since 2012.

GameDay actually started at Notre Dame in 1993 and has become a much bigger production over the years.

All day on Friday, crews from ESPN were setting up the big stage where the pre and post game shows will be taking place. Hundreds of people have been taking pictures and selifes around it to let the world know they finally got a chance to see the GameDay crew.

Stars from the show said that Notre Dame truly still is a special place to hold a football game and they’re excited to be here.

“There’s no place like this dome stadium, touchdown Jesus especially at night. That’s going to make this place look good,” said Coach Lee Corso, Football Analyst for ESPN. “There’s no better place to play football than at Notre Dame.”

“I know it would be better if they played every year, but sometimes these breaks and the reasons behind these breaks almost added to the aura of the rivalry,” said GameDay host Rece Davis. “I think it’s a huge part of college football.”

“I think what’s important is we haven’t been here in quite some time so I think that there should be just a natural element of excitement,” said ESPN college football analyst Desmond Howard.

College GameDay has set up shop between the stadium and Touchdown Jesus. You can watch their shows live from that area all weekend long.

Irish Fan Poll
In our first Lochmandy Auto Group Irish Fan Poll of the season, we’re asking: Should Notre Dame and Michigan play each other every season?

Visit to vote, and then watch Countdown to Kickoff for the final results.

Pep Rally
The first pep rally of the Notre Dame football season will be held Friday evening on South Quad, outside Rockne Memorial.

Join Fighting Irish fans as they cheer on the team ahead of Saturday evening’s season opener against the Michigan Wolverines.

The pep rally will begin at 6 p.m. and is expected to last about an hour.

Students were out early Friday showing off their excitement for the big day.

“I was born in South Bend, so my first Notre Dame game was when I was about five months old and it was the Michigan game,” said freshman Megan Gillen. “And it was a win, and I know that everyone on campus has been super excited.”

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From the University of Notre Dame:

A lecture on antitrust law in college and professional sports, a flag football game with Special Olympics athletes from South Bend and Ann Arbor and a projection film chronicling great moments in Notre Dame history are among the events surrounding Saturday’s football game between the University of Notre Dame and University of Michigan at Notre Dame Stadium.

Friday, Aug. 31
• “Solidary and Solitary: The Joyner/Giuffrida Collection,” 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, through Dec. 15, Snite Museum of Art.

• “There’s No Place Like Time: A Retrospective of Video Artist Alana Olsen,” 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, through Dec. 2, Scholz Family Works on Paper Gallery, Snite Museum of Art.

• Football Fridays at the Eck, featuring “Chalk Talk with Bill and Bill” and conversations with former Notre Dame defensive end Justin Tuck and former Notre Dame Head Coach Lou Holtz, plus food, prizes and giveaways, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Eck Visitors Center (ND alumni and friends only).

• Friday Reconciliation, 11 to 11:30 a.m., Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

• Mass, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 5:15 to 6:15 p.m., Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

• Innovation Rally — An IDEA Week Event, featuring keynote speaker Pat Patnode, president of licensing, GE Ventures, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., IDEA Center (registration required).

• Law School Speaker Series, “Applying Antitrust Law to College and Professional Sports,” featuring Makan Delrahim, assistant attorney general, Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., 1130 Eck Hall of Law.

• Graduate Business Program Highlights, 2 to 3 p.m., 162 Mendoza College of Business.

• Thomas H. Quinn Lecture Series, “The Big Trends Shaping the World Today: Economics, Technology and Geopolitics,” featuring Thomas Friedman, reporter and columnist for the New York Times, 3 to 4:15 p.m., Leighton Concert Hall, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

• Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies Speakers and Public Talks Series, “Swift, Gulliver and the Art of Travel,” featuring Daniel Carey, director, Moore Institute for Research in the Humanities and Social Studies, National University of Ireland, Galway, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., 1030 Jenkins Nanovic Halls.

• “Listening to Puerto Rico: A Roundtable Discussion,” 4:30 to 6 p.m., Eck Visitors Center Auditorium.

• Special Olympics Unified Flag Football Game, 4:30 to 7 p.m., Ricci Family Fields.

• Listening to Puerto Rico, Drop-in Studio Hours, 6 to 8 p.m., Martin Media Center, Corbett Family Hall.

• Daily Rosary, 6:45 to 7 p.m., Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes.

• “Sorin: A Notre Dame Story,” 7:30 to 9 p.m., a one-man play about Notre Dame founder Rev. Edward Sorin, C.S.C., Decio Theatre, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

• “Under the Dome,” a projection film chronicling great moments in Notre Dame history on the exterior of the Main Building, 9:30 to 10 p.m., 10:15 to 10:45, 11 to 11:30 p.m., Main Quad.

Saturday, Sept. 1
• Saturdays with the Saints, “St. John of the Cross: Silences and the Spiritual Life,” featuring Cyril O’Regan, Huisking Professor of Theology, 10:30 to 11: 30 a.m., Geddes Hall Auditorium.

• Science Exploration Series, “GDPR, Personal Privacy and Big Data — Friends or Foes?” featuring Fang Liu, associate professor of applied and computational mathematics and statistics, 1 to 2 p.m., 101 Jordan Hall.

• Gameday Rosary, 2:30 to 3 p.m., Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

• Mass, 4 to 5 p.m., Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

• Crypt Mass, 4 to 5 p.m., Sacred Heart Crypt.

• Saturday Scholar Series, “The Cross: When and Why it Became the Church’s Central Symbol,” featuring Robin Jensen, Patrick O’Brien Professor of Theology, 4 to 5 p.m., Annenberg Auditorium, Snite Museum of Art.

• Mass, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.
Sunday, Sept. 2

• Mass, 6:30 to 7:30 a.m., 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. to noon, Sacred Heart Crypt.

• Mass, 8 to 9 a.m., 10 to 11 a.m., 11:45 to 12:45 a.m., Basilica of the Sacred Heart.


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