Hello, hello! I’ve been a bit quiet on here and social media because I was out of town this weekend. Where was I? South Bend, Indiana for the Notre Dame game this weekend. They played Miami Ohio and I am proud to report we crushed them. Game day at Notre Dame is one of the best game days there is. Go Irish, beat Redhawks!
My family has been going to games at Notre Dame since 2002, so this year marks the 15th anniversary of my family visiting the most beautiful campus in the world. Before you protest, just look at these forty-five photos and then tell me it’s not the most beautiful collection of buildings, trees, benches, and grass.
Being this the 15th anniversary I thought it’d be fun to talk about my connections with Notre Dame. My dad’s dad was a huge Notre Dame fan, so he passed on the love of the Irish to my dad. My dad did the same to my mom, sister, and me as well as my other immediate family members. My cousin loved it so much she went to St. Mary’s, the all girls school across the lake. I looked at going there for a while, but they didn’t have the major that I wanted.
That said, I still love Notre Dame. Honestly I love it more than my own alma mater. Whoops sorry ’bout ya, Tulsa, but you ain’t got nothin’ on the Fighting Irish. As an Irish lass myself, it’s where my ties are. My ties to here go deep as well because of my family.
Every year we go to at least one game, and we all have our traditions when it comes to game day. There’s breakfast at the hotel (best waffles ever), then we head over to campus for the day. We’d hit up the bookstore because you don’t want to go when it gets crowded. It’s a giant madhouse, but there’s so many goodies to find and spend all your money on. Walking around campus and the tailgate area is fun because everyone is hanging out and having a good time, and we get a steak sandwich for lunch from the Knights of Columbus tent.
A lot of groups and dorms have tents where they sell food and snacks, but nothing compares to the steak sandwiches. The band plays their concert an hour and a half before the game, then it’s time to head over to the stadium! The game is the best part of the day, and there are so many great traditions that go on inside. I won’t name them all here, but it starts with the fight song and involves crowd surfing-style push ups when we score.
But I will stop here because I could go on and on about how great these weekends and games are and have been such a huge part of my life. And while I didn’t go to school here, sometimes I feel like I did my whole life.