Let the Ticket Chase and Tailgate Planning Begin!
By: Phil Houk of Fighting Irish Preview
A giant exhale could be heard emanating from Notre Dame Nation as the University announced today that full capacity would be available for the 7 home games scheduled for this season. Director of Athletics, Jack Swarbrick made it official when he announced, "We can't wait to welcome the Notre Dame Family back to campus next season."
Tailgating and other game week traditions are also planned, "In addition to a full capacity crowd, we are optimistic that conditions will allow us to resume outdoor game-day traditions, such as tailgating, football player walk, Midnight Drummers Circle and Football Fridays at the Eck," Swarbrick added.
A good portion of that exhale came from the South Bend Community and particularly from it's hospitality industry. It is estimated that each home Notre Dame football game generates on average $26.4 million in economic impact.
The Fighting Irish home schedule will commence against Toledo (Sept. 11), and continue against Purdue (Sept. 18), Cincinnati (Oct. 2), Southern Cal (Oct. 23), North Carolina (October 30), Navy (Nov. 6) and Georgia Tech (Nov. 20). All home games, for the 30th consecutive season, will be broadcast on NBC.
The Irish will open the 2021-22 season on Sunday Sept. 5 at Florida State with a 7:30 PM prime time kickoff.
Renewal of existing season tickets will begin this week. The annual ticket lottery will be held in mid- July for those eligible and single game tickets will go on sale to the public in mid-August.
Swarbrick also made a pitch for vaccinations. The University, announced last month that all students, faculty and staff are required to be vaccinated before returning to campus in the Fall. Citing this policy, Swarbrick said, "We encourage that everyone attending a game this fall be vaccinated. "