Football weekend events: Notre Dame vs. Massachusetts

Author: Brittany Collins

Marching Band concert on Bond Hall steps

Gameday events on the University of Notre Dame campus for the upcoming weekend offer visitors their choice of activities, whether academic or athletic. Highlights from the weekend include:

Friday (Sept. 25)

  • Free campus tours, 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the Eck Visitors Center. These 90-minute walking tours will take visitors to, among other sites, the Grotto, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the Main Building and the Hesburgh Library.
  • Football Fridays at the Eck, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Alumni, parents and fans are invited for food, performances, music, a photo booth and prize giveaways.
  • Nolan Ladewski, a musician and member of Irish music group Kennedy’s Kitchen, will perform from noon to 2 p.m. on the ND Live Stage at the Eck Center.
  • “Planet Earth’s Changing Climate,” 2-3 p.m. at the Eck Visitors Center. Part of the Alumni Association’s On the Sidelines lecture series, this talk will be delivered by Philip Sakimoto, director of the Program of Academic Excellence in First Year of Studies at Notre Dame.
  • Trumpets Under the Dome, 4:10-4:30 p.m. in the Main Building Rotunda. The Notre Dame Trumpet Section will play “Notre Dame Our Mother” and the Victory March.
  • Morris Inn Football Friday, 5-6 p.m. The inn offers live bagpipe music on home football Fridays.
  • UMass Pep Rally, 5:45-7 p.m. at the Compton Family Ice Arena.

Saturday (Sept. 26)

  • Midnight Drummer Circle, 12-12:45 a.m. at the front steps of the Main Building, featuring cadences and cheers led by the Notre Dame Drumline.
  • “Thomas Merton: The Contemplative as Activist,” 10:30-11:30 a.m. in Andrews Auditorium in Geddes Hall. This presentation, part of the Institute for Church Life’s Saturdays with the Saints, features a talk from Lawrence Cunningham, O’Brien Professor of Theology Emeritus.
  • Game Day Rosary, 10:30-11 a.m. at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.
  • “Pain Management,” 11-12 a.m. in Room 105 of the Jordan Hall of Science. This lecture from Paul Christo, from Johns Hopkins Medicine, is part of the Dooley Society Lecture Series.
  • “What’s Posterity Ever Done for Us?: Literature and the Future,” noon-1 p.m. in the Annenberg Auditorium at the Snite Museum of Art. Delivered by John Sitter, Mary Lee Duda Professor of Literature, this lecture is part of the College of Arts and Letter’s Saturday Scholar Series.
  • “Science, Religion and Environmental Change: A panel discussion about the Papal Encyclical, Laudato Si’ and the University of Notre Dame,” noon-1 p.m. in Room 101 of the Jordan Hall of Science. Part of the College of Science’s Science Exploration Series, this panel discussion features David Lodge, director of the Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative; Joyce Coffee, managing director of the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index; Georges Enderle, John T. Ryan Jr. Professor of International Business Ethics; Alan Hamlet, assistant professor, civil and environmental engineering and earth sciences; and Mary Galvin, William K. Warren Foundation Dean of the College of Science, as moderator.
  • Glee Club Pregame Concert, 12:40-1:05 p.m. near the Reflecting Pool at the Hesburgh Library.
  • Marching Band Concert, 2-2:30 p.m. at Bond Hall, followed by the Marching Band March Out at 2:40 p.m.
  • Post-game Mass, 8 p.m. at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

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