Notre Dame opens new facilities with a pair of free events

by Sue Lister

Corbett Family Hall, O’Neill Hall and Duncan Student Center

Corbett Family Hall, O’Neill Hall and Duncan Student Center

The University of Notre Dame will publicly unveil the largest construction project in its 175-year history with a pair of events during Kicks & Flicks Week August 20 through 25. From a football scrimmage and tours of new facilities to a movie on the video board, fans of all ages are invited to experience the enhanced amenities in and around Notre Dame Stadium during these events.

On Sunday (Aug. 20), the New & Gold Game will feature a simulation of a game day experience including a Fighting Irish scrimmage, a performance by the Notre Dame Marching Band and participation from the Notre Dame cheerleaders. Self-guided tours of portions of Duncan Student Center (the building located on the west side of the stadium), Corbett Family Hall (the east building), and O’Neill Hall (the south building) will also be available for fans to see some of the University’s newest spaces.

Tours will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests wishing to tour Duncan Student Center should line up at Door 12 on the south side exterior of the building. There will be no stadium concourse access for tours of Duncan Student Center. Elevators will take guests to the Dahnke Ballroom on the seventh floor and the Rasmus Family Club on the eighth floor where they can view the premium seats and views of campus.

 

Tours of Corbett Family Hall will begin on the south side exterior of the building at Door 4. There will be no stadium concourse access for tours of Corbett Family Hall. Elevators will take guests to the Downes Club on the seventh floor and Level 8.

 

Tours of O'Neill Hall will begin on the upper concourse (fourth floor) on the south side of the stadium underneath the video board. Guests will be able to view South Club.

Attendees at the New & Gold Game will also have the opportunity to experience the latest Notre Dame Stadium enhancements including new and wider seating throughout the bowl; the addition of a Diamond Vision high-definition video board and sideline ribbon video boards; upgraded concession stands and restroom facilities; a 1930s art deco look added to the main concourse; the addition of nearly 150 television monitors throughout the concourse; new historical displays at Gate C honoring Irish football standouts; and improved cellular and Wi-Fi coverage.

Food will be available for purchase at some stadium concession stands. Gates will open at 2 p.m., and the scrimmage will begin at 3:30 p.m. Seating in the stadium bowl will be general admission. Tailgating is prohibited prior to and during the New & Gold Game.

On Friday (Aug. 25), Notre Dame will welcome students back to campus and open the stadium again to visitors for Flick on the Field, an open house event featuring a showing of “Rudy” on the new video board.

Prior to the movie, fans will be entertained by music and can make purchases at some of the stadium concessions stands. Students from Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s College and Holy Cross College will be allowed to sit on the football field to watch the movie. Students are permitted to bring blankets on the field, but food and drinks on the field are prohibited. Other attendees may sit in the stadium bowl and seating will be general admission.

Gates will open at 6 p.m. Guests should use Gates B and E for general admission seating, and students must enter the stadium via the tunnel entrance (across from Hesburgh Library) for access to the field. The movie will begin at 7:30 p.m. Both events are free, open to the public and will be held rain or shine. The University’s stadium bag policy and other game day policies will be in place for these events. For more information, visit gameday.nd.edu.