notre dame football weekend (stanford game, sep 2010)

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All the activities, traditions and rituals surrounding a home game in South Bend. We shall, however, disregard the actual contest itself.

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Football Weekend : 

Football Weekend Notre Dame vs. Stanford September 2010

Friday, September 24, 2010 : 

Friday, September 24, 2010 Bookstore Campus tour Kick-off luncheon Stadium tunnel tour Women’s volleyball game Pep Rally Knights of Columbus smoker

Outlined against a blue, gray October sky… : 

Outlined against a blue, gray October sky…

8AM, first stop—the bookstore. How much business do they do on Game Weekend? The FedEx desk is right around the corner. : 

8AM, first stop—the bookstore. How much business do they do on Game Weekend? The FedEx desk is right around the corner.

Notre Dame clothing section, with large displays of “The Shirt” : 

Notre Dame clothing section, with large displays of “The Shirt”

“The Shirt” is an annual tradition at ND, to raise funds for charity and student groups. Here is the 2010 version. : 

“The Shirt” is an annual tradition at ND, to raise funds for charity and student groups. Here is the 2010 version.

Unveiling “The Shirt” is a major event, held at the bookstore during the Blue-Gold Weekend each Spring. This was last April’s unveiling. : 

Unveiling “The Shirt” is a major event, held at the bookstore during the Blue-Gold Weekend each Spring. This was last April’s unveiling.

Check out, ready for the rush. It will be huge (like this store!). : 

Check out, ready for the rush. It will be huge (like this store!).

Historic photos depict more than football history. ND President Hesburg with Martin Luther King. : 

Historic photos depict more than football history. ND President Hesburg with Martin Luther King.

9:30 AM: Campus tour : 

9:30 AM: Campus tour

Typical ND architecture. : 

Typical ND architecture.

Our tour guide walks backwards as we pass the engineering school looking toward the stadium. : 

Our tour guide walks backwards as we pass the engineering school looking toward the stadium.

This is the way to the stadium down which everyone marches on Game Day. : 

This is the way to the stadium down which everyone marches on Game Day.

Famous buildings: The Basilica (left) and Golden Dome (right), with student memorial in foreground. : 

Famous buildings: The Basilica (left) and Golden Dome (right), with student memorial in foreground.

Noon: Kick-off luncheon in Joyce Athletic Center—approx 1,200 fans attending. : 

Noon: Kick-off luncheon in Joyce Athletic Center—approx 1,200 fans attending.

Quarterback Dane Crist is interviewed (from Notre Dame HS in Sherman Oaks CA!) : 

Quarterback Dane Crist is interviewed (from Notre Dame HS in Sherman Oaks CA!)

Head Football Coach Brian Kelly joins the discussion. : 

Head Football Coach Brian Kelly joins the discussion.

After lunch the sun came out and we strolled over to Memorial Stadium. : 

After lunch the sun came out and we strolled over to Memorial Stadium.

Each stadium gate is named for a ND coach who won a national title. : 

Each stadium gate is named for a ND coach who won a national title.

Did you know he was a Notre Dame chemistry professor? He loved football. : 

Did you know he was a Notre Dame chemistry professor? He loved football.

A new game weekend feature—the Friday afternoon stadium tunnel tour. : 

A new game weekend feature—the Friday afternoon stadium tunnel tour.

Tunnel opening onto the field. : 

Tunnel opening onto the field.

My Kickoff Luncheon friends, the Boraz family from Staten Island. ND Junior Jason is an offensive communications mgr for the team (& a Dr. Who fan!). : 

My Kickoff Luncheon friends, the Boraz family from Staten Island. ND Junior Jason is an offensive communications mgr for the team (& a Dr. Who fan!).

Now a walk up from the stadium… : 

Now a walk up from the stadium…

…to Hesburg Library, with its famous mosaic. : 

…to Hesburg Library, with its famous mosaic.

Even I take off my hat for “Touchdown Jesus.” : 

Even I take off my hat for “Touchdown Jesus.”

4 PM: On to the pep rally, and before it the Women’s volleyball game against West Virginia (in yellow). : 

4 PM: On to the pep rally, and before it the Women’s volleyball game against West Virginia (in yellow).

Every Notre Dame team (not just football) is introduced with the same cheer: : 

Every Notre Dame team (not just football) is introduced with the same cheer:

HERE : 

HERE

COME : 

COME

THE IRISH! : 

THE IRISH!

Early in the game the stands are empty, but they will fill. : 

Early in the game the stands are empty, but they will fill.

Notre Dame (with 6 Californians on the squad) wins in 3 sets. : 

Notre Dame (with 6 Californians on the squad) wins in 3 sets.

The seats are beginning to fill and the cheer squad is getting ready. : 

The seats are beginning to fill and the cheer squad is getting ready.

The student cheer section, 45 minutes before the rally. : 

The student cheer section, 45 minutes before the rally.

Student and dorm groups coming in. : 

Student and dorm groups coming in.

Now there are more fans as the hour draws near. : 

Now there are more fans as the hour draws near.

The rally begins—it is always MC’d by the Irish Leprechaun. : 

The rally begins—it is always MC’d by the Irish Leprechaun.

Don’t be deceived by the empty seats as the rally starts—just wait. : 

Don’t be deceived by the empty seats as the rally starts—just wait.

It’s Alumni Weekend, and the alumni cheerleaders take the floor. : 

It’s Alumni Weekend, and the alumni cheerleaders take the floor.

A lot more students now as the Leprechaun and cheer squad rally the fans. : 

A lot more students now as the Leprechaun and cheer squad rally the fans.

The marching band enters, led by The Irish Guard, playing the Victory March. : 

The marching band enters, led by The Irish Guard, playing the Victory March.

Purcell Pavillion is full now. : 

Purcell Pavillion is full now.

Everyone is in place, and : 

Everyone is in place, and

HERE : 

HERE

COME : 

COME

THE : 

THE

IRISH! : 

IRISH!

Cheer, cheer, cheer for old Notre Dame!Wake up the echoes cheering her name! : 

Cheer, cheer, cheer for old Notre Dame!Wake up the echoes cheering her name!

Send the volley cheer on high,Shake down the thunder from the sky! : 

Send the volley cheer on high,Shake down the thunder from the sky!

Coach Kelly addresses the rally. His first words: Congratulations to the Women’s Volleyball team! : 

Coach Kelly addresses the rally. His first words: Congratulations to the Women’s Volleyball team!

The rally ends as everyone sings “Notre Dame, Our Mother,” the alma mater. : 

The rally ends as everyone sings “Notre Dame, Our Mother,” the alma mater.

My newest Midwestern friend. : 

My newest Midwestern friend.

6 PM: The late afternoon sun on Hesburg Library… : 

6 PM: The late afternoon sun on Hesburg Library…

… and on the Golden Dome. : 

… and on the Golden Dome.

Inside the Golden Dome (where trumpets will play tomorrow). : 

Inside the Golden Dome (where trumpets will play tomorrow).

The Grotto (replica of Lourdes). : 

The Grotto (replica of Lourdes).

The Song Squad performs at the Knights of Columbus smoker dinner. : 

The Song Squad performs at the Knights of Columbus smoker dinner.

Slide 64: 

Guest speaker William “Red” Mack, a former Notre Dame player, drafted in 10th round of the 1961 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Later traded to Green Bay, he threw the first tackle in the first Super Bowl game (so we were told).

Saturday, September 25, 2010 : 

Saturday, September 25, 2010 Breakfast at South Quad dining hall Notre Dame Bagpipe Band The crowds gather before the Golden Dome Alumni band Football team Mass Trumpets Under the Dome Marching Band procession to the stadium Oh, yea—a football game (let’s forget that part)

South Quad (said to be the longest academic quadrangle in the world) : 

South Quad (said to be the longest academic quadrangle in the world)

South Quad dining hall (where I again found the Boraz’s from Staten Island!) : 

South Quad dining hall (where I again found the Boraz’s from Staten Island!)

South Quad, looking toward the Rockne Memorial : 

South Quad, looking toward the Rockne Memorial

Bagpipe band warming up. : 

Bagpipe band warming up.

The main building (with the Golden Dome) is the focal point of the day. : 

The main building (with the Golden Dome) is the focal point of the day.

All morning the crowds gathered in front of the Golden Dome. : 

All morning the crowds gathered in front of the Golden Dome.

Stanford fan at right turns out to be a former client of my father’s (it’s a small world). : 

Stanford fan at right turns out to be a former client of my father’s (it’s a small world).

View from the main building. Note the green-jacketed usher: Notre Dame hospitality was extraordinary! Better than Disneyland’s! : 

View from the main building. Note the green-jacketed usher: Notre Dame hospitality was extraordinary! Better than Disneyland’s!

Entrance of the Bagpipe Band (with videographer walking backwards) : 

Entrance of the Bagpipe Band (with videographer walking backwards)

Bagpipes aren’t limited to Scotland—they originated in India and are played in all Celtic cultures. : 

Bagpipes aren’t limited to Scotland—they originated in India and are played in all Celtic cultures.

11 AM: Bagpipe concert at Main Building : 

11 AM: Bagpipe concert at Main Building

Lunch on South Quad—every dorm and student group is selling food. : 

Lunch on South Quad—every dorm and student group is selling food.

The greatest ND game food tradition is the Knights of Columbus steak sandwich (not really that good--sorry). : 

The greatest ND game food tradition is the Knights of Columbus steak sandwich (not really that good--sorry).

Meanwhile, marching band members report for warm-up. : 

Meanwhile, marching band members report for warm-up.

The Sousaphone section has its own way of doing things. : 

The Sousaphone section has its own way of doing things.

Noon: The team enters the Basilica to hear Mass before the game. : 

Noon: The team enters the Basilica to hear Mass before the game.

Inside the Basilica (taken earlier in the day).It has the world’s largest collection of French stained glass. : 

Inside the Basilica (taken earlier in the day).It has the world’s largest collection of French stained glass.

Meanwhile, alumni band members gather for photos (there are those Sousaphones again!) : 

Meanwhile, alumni band members gather for photos (there are those Sousaphones again!)

Alumni drum section plays for everyone. : 

Alumni drum section plays for everyone.

The crowd awaits the team’s exit from the Basilica. : 

The crowd awaits the team’s exit from the Basilica.

The team will walk to Memorial Stadium through thousands of ND fans. : 

The team will walk to Memorial Stadium through thousands of ND fans.

The Mass is over. The team exits... : 

The Mass is over. The team exits...

and Coach Kelly leads his players in procession to the stadium. : 

and Coach Kelly leads his players in procession to the stadium.

Offensive guard Christ Steward, a first-year student at Notre Dame Law School. : 

Offensive guard Christ Steward, a first-year student at Notre Dame Law School.

The Alumni Band followed the team. : 

The Alumni Band followed the team.

Approximately 500 members were there. The oldest was 91 years. : 

Approximately 500 members were there. The oldest was 91 years.

Maybe that’s him. : 

Maybe that’s him.

2 PM: We gather under the Golden Dome for one last pre-game tradition. : 

2 PM: We gather under the Golden Dome for one last pre-game tradition.

“Trumpets Under the Dome” : 

“Trumpets Under the Dome”

Playing the Notre Dame Victory March. I wish you could hear it (it’s on YouTube but the sound is not very good). : 

Playing the Notre Dame Victory March. I wish you could hear it (it’s on YouTube but the sound is not very good).

Now the quad at Main Building is jammed with ND fans (and a few Stanford visitors). : 

Now the quad at Main Building is jammed with ND fans (and a few Stanford visitors).

Thousands of people, waiting for the Marching Band. : 

Thousands of people, waiting for the Marching Band.

Here they come, with the Irish Guard leading the way. : 

Here they come, with the Irish Guard leading the way.

Clearing the way is a more accurate description—this is a narrow path. : 

Clearing the way is a more accurate description—this is a narrow path.

The Notre Dame Marching Band has a female drum major (ND went coed in ‘72—four years before my college, CMC) : 

The Notre Dame Marching Band has a female drum major (ND went coed in ‘72—four years before my college, CMC)

It is the oldest continually operating college marching band in the United States. : 

It is the oldest continually operating college marching band in the United States.

After it passes we all fall in behind… : 

After it passes we all fall in behind…

…and make the trek to Memorial Stadium about 1 ½ miles away. : 

…and make the trek to Memorial Stadium about 1 ½ miles away.

You can just see the Irish Guards as we approach the Stadium. : 

You can just see the Irish Guards as we approach the Stadium.

The House that Rockne built. When it was renovated, the original structure was preserved within the expansion. : 

The House that Rockne built. When it was renovated, the original structure was preserved within the expansion.

Teams warm up on a cold day. : 

Teams warm up on a cold day.

Entrance of the band, with traditional high-stepping by the drum majors. : 

Entrance of the band, with traditional high-stepping by the drum majors.

The band takes the field and… : 

The band takes the field and…

HERE COME THE IRISH! : 

HERE COME THE IRISH!

As for the game itself: “Let us draw the curtain of charity over the rest of the scene.” (Mark Twain, in Tom Sawyer) : 

As for the game itself: “Let us draw the curtain of charity over the rest of the scene.” (Mark Twain, in Tom Sawyer)

In memory of Declan Sullivan1990 - 2010 : 

In memory of Declan Sullivan1990 - 2010

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