March 26, 2001
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Spring football at Notre Dame always has been an opportunity for a sneak preview of the football season to come. The 2001 version of the Blue-Gold Spring Football Festival promises to be even better than that. The Festival is scheduled for Saturday, April 28, 2001.
"The Blue-Gold games always have been an early look at the season to come, especially in terms of watching some of the up-and-coming freshmen and sophomores," says Irish athletic director Kevin White. "This year, we've added a series of unique programs to make the day even more enjoyable and give our fans a chance to interact even more with the players and coaches."
There are all kinds of new activities connected with the 72nd annual Blue-Gold game (sponsored by the Notre Dame club of St. Joseph Valley), including several opportunities to be up close and personal with Irish coach Bob Davie and his players.
Pre-Game With the Irish
A limited number of special VIP credentials ($25 for adults, $15 for youths) entitle fans to a full day of activities with the Irish, including joining the squad for its pre-game meal. A player or coach will be seated at each table for the brunch to be held at the Joyce Center Fieldhouse just east of Notre Dame Stadium. Then, VIP fans can sit either in the gold chairback seats on the east side of the Stadium -- or they can roam the east sidelines at field level for a closer view of the action.
View From the Top
There will be a limited number seats available ($50 each) in the Notre Dame Stadium press box, where fans can have the same view as media covering Irish football. Fans seated in the press box receive a game program, spring football prospectus, as well as the same press box lunch fare served to the media (hot dogs, soup, popcorn, soft drinks). You can watch replays on the television monitors scattered throughout the press box -- and you'll be kept updated on statistics throughout the contest.
Entertainment All Day Long
A free-to-all interactive fan fest will take place all day in the south Stadium parking lot, with lots of attractions for all ages. For the second year, former Notre Dame football players will take part in a flag football game at 11:30 a.m. EST in the Stadium. All former Irish football players will be invited back for the weekend. All current Irish players and coaches again will be available for photos and autographs on the field (weather permitting) following the Blue-Gold contest.
Tickets for the game itself, in advance, are $8 for adults ($10 day of game), $6 for youths ($8 day of game). Proceeds benefit the scholarship fund of the Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley.
General Admission Adult Tickets $8 each ($10 game day)
Call the Notre Dame Ticket Office at 219-631-7356.