June 22, 2001
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- All six of Notre Dame's home football games for 2001 are sold out, with demand for tickets to the Oct. 13 Notre Dame-West Virginia game ranking highest in the history of Notre Dame Stadium.
The sellouts are based on demand from contributing alumni (contributions to the University of $100 or more in the previous calendar year earn alumni the ability to apply for two tickets to any home or away contests), with approximately 33,000 tickets per home game available via a game-by-game lottery system.
The Notre Dame ticket office received requests for 59,368 tickets for the West Virginia game, breaking the record of 57,048 from the 1997 Notre Dame-USC game in the first year of the expanded Notre Dame Stadium.
Demand for the 2001 West Virginia game was based on parents of current Notre Dame students being guaranteed four tickets for that contest -- plus contributing alumni having the opportunity to apply for four tickets instead of the usual two, based on its designation as an alumni family game.
Other high demand games for 2001 included Michigan State (48,404 requests -- based on senior alumni designation that guarantees two tickets to all alumni out of school 35 or more years -- which makes it third all-time in terms of demand), USC (47,127 requested, making it seventh all-time) and Tennessee (43,843 requests).
There also were nearly 17,000 requests for tickets to the Sept. 8 road game at Nebraska. Notre Dame receives 4,000 tickets for that contest.
The six guaranteed sellouts for 2001 mean the final home game in '01 on Nov. 17 against Navy will mark the 161st consecutive sellout at Notre Dame Stadium and the 209th in the last 210 home games.
Here are the top 10 games in terms of alumni ticket demand at Notre Dame Stadium: