Football weekend events: Notre Dame vs. USC


The Notre Dame Marching Band performs its pregame Concert on the steps at Bond Hall The Notre Dame Marching Band performs its pregame Concert on the steps at Bond Hall

This week, Football Fridays at the Eck, an Irish culture fair and a game day rosary are among the events open to University of Notre Dame visitors before the 7:30 p.m. football game against University of Southern California.

Highlights from the weekend include:

Friday (Oct. 16)

  • Notre Dame Stadium tunnel tours, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fans are invited to explore the north tunnel of the stadium, where the players walk onto the field.
  • Live music with John Kennedy Jr. and Chris O’Brien, noon-2 p.m. at the ND Live Stage outside the Eck Visitors Center. Kennedy, an award-winning singer and guitar player, will join O’Brien, who specializes in the fiddle, tenor banjo and vocals, as part of the Alumni Association’s Football Fridays at the Eck.
  • “Rockne’s Ramblers and the Rise of the Storied ND/USC Rivalry,” part of the On the Sidelines lecture series, 2-3 p.m. in the Eck Visitors Center Auditorium. John Heisler, senior associate athletic director and executive editor of Athletics Media Relations, and Jim Lefebvre, author, speaker and sports historian, will share stories, stats and video on this college football tradition.
  • Catching Up With Tim Brown, 3:3-4 p.m., and Marc Edwards, 4-4:30 p.m., at the ND Live Stage at the Eck Visitors Center. Both Notre Dame football alumni, Brown is a Heisman Trophy winner and NFL Hall of Famer and Edwards is a former star fullback and Super Bowl champion.
  • Irish Culture Fair, 5-8 p.m. in the Dooley Room of the LaFortune Student Center. All are welcome to enjoy tea, food, book readings, a performance from the Irish Dance Team, a ceilí and more.
  • USC Pep Rally, 5:45-7 p.m. on the Library Quad.

Saturday (Oct. 17)

  • “Augustine: Saint of Suspicion,” 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the Andrews Auditorium of Geddes Hall. Part of the Institute for Church Life’s Saturdays With the Saints series, this lecture from John Cavadini, the institute’s director and professor of theology, will examine the works of St. Augustine.
  • “Compassionate Care in Medicine: How Notre Dame is Preparing Future Physicians with the Science of Compassion?” part of the College of Science’s Science Exploration Series, 1-2 p.m. in Jordan Hall, Room 101. Dominic Vachon, director of the Ruth M. Hillebrand Center for Compassionate Care in Medicine, will talk.
  • The Dooley Society Lecture Series, 2:30-3:30 p.m. in Jordan Hall, Room 105. Matt Hubbard, assistant professor of surgery in the Yale Bariatric Surgery Program, will discuss bariatric surgery.
  • Game Day Rosary, 3:30-4 p.m. at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. All are invited to pray the rosary.
  • “How Our Siblings Shape Us: Evidence from Economics,” part of the College of Arts and Letters’ Saturday Scholars Series, 4-5 p.m. in the Snite Museum’s Annenberg Auditorium. Kasey Buckles, Brian and Jeannelle Brady Associate Professor of Economics, will discuss if big families are better for children and if there are any advantages to being the oldest child.
  • Marching Band Concert, 6-6:30 p.m. on the front steps of Bond Hall. The band will perform several songs before making its way to the stadium.

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