Football Weekend Experiences

Welcome Home Notre Dame Giving Society Members

As a thank you for your membership and generosity, we are pleased to invite you to the following experiences during Notre Dame's 2019 football season.

In addition to Giving Society events, we invite you to take advantage of exclusive discounts and performances new this year during football weekends:

  • Enjoy discounted tickets to cheer on the Fighting Irish with fellow members at Rockne & Sorin Nights at ND Athletics: Men's Soccer vs. Clemson (September 13 at 7pm); Volleyball vs. North Carolina (September 27 at 7pm); and Women's Soccer vs. Syracuse (October 4 at 7pm). Purchase Tickets using the Giving Society Event Registration Form.
  • 15% discount at Gameday Brunch and Candlelight Dinner at North and South Dining Halls. Soak in the atmosphere with the student body and relive old memories with friends and family! Membership card must be presented to receive discount at dining hall cashier station.
  • Exclusive showing of Sorin: A Notre Dame Story, the one-person play about the founding of the University on September 27 at DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (details below)

Event registration for September and October games will open August 14. Registration for November games will open September 30. For more information, contact your OnwardND Donor Experience Team at 574-631-5198 or

Navy Event Registration

Boston College Event Registration

Blue and Gold Luncheon

Introducing the Blue & Gold Kickoff Luncheon at Foley's! We invite all Blue, Gold, Circle, and Council members to join us for a delicious buffet lunch in this premier space inside Notre Dame Stadium. Beer and wine is included. Make a reservation today to join us for this new event! Advance Registration Required.

When: Fridays 11:30am - 1:00pm
Where: Foley's Club (O'Neill Hall, 4th Floor)

  • Adults (includes beer and wine): $25
  • Children 12 and under: $10

Here Come The Irish Kickoff

Friday Kickoffs are back! Start your weekend in style inside Notre Dame Stadium at Foley's Club. We invite Sorin, Rockne, O'Hara, and Order of St. Thomas More members to enjoy light hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. In the interest of allowing as many members as possible to experience this event, party size and seating capacity are limited. Advance registration is required. Seating is first come, first served. Advance Registration Required.

When: Fridays 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Where: Foley's Club (O'Neill Hall, 4th Floor)

  • Adults: $10
  • Children 12 and under: Free

Shake Down The Thunder Tailgate

We are excited to announce that the Shake Down the Thunder! Tailgate will move to Duncan Student Center inside Notre Dame Stadium for the 2019 football campaign! This will be the FIRST Tailgate Party ever hosted right inside Notre Dame Stadium and promises to be bigger and better than ever. This exclusive access to the stadium will include unlimited food, beverages, live pre-game entertainment, and the afternoon’s biggest games on the big screen. Advanced Registration Required.

When: Saturdays

  • New Mexico, Virginia Tech, Navy, Boston College Games: 11:00am-2:00pm (2:30pm Kickoff)
  • Virginia, Bowling Green Games: Noon-3:00pm (3:30pm Kickoff)
  • USC Game: 4:00pm-7:00pm

Where: Duncan Student Center (enter Door 15; see important information below)

  • Adults (food, beer and wine included): $44
  • Adults (food and non-alcoholic beverages only) $27
  • Children 6-12: $15
  • Children 5 and under: Free

For parties greater than 10, please contact the OnwardND Donor Experience Team at 574-631-5198.

With the move to Notre Dame Stadium, Giving Society members must adhere to all stadium policies and the following guidelines when entering the tailgate:

  • Exclusive entrance to the tailgate for Giving Society members and their guests will be located at Door 15 of Duncan Student Center on the west side of the stadium, between Gates D and E.
  • All entrants will be screened by stadium security and the University's clear bag policy will be enforced for any member or guest coming to the tailgate.
  • Members or guests with game tickets will have their game ticket scanned when entering the tailgate, and will enter the stadium bowl directly from the tailgate to access their seats following the event.
  • Members or guests attending the tailgate without a game ticket must exit the Duncan Student Center and the Notre Dame Stadium complex immediately following the conclusion of the tailgate.
  • Have other pre-game plans on campus? Make the Shake Down the Thunder! tailgate your last stop. Upon entering the tailgate, guests will NOT be permitted to leave and re-enter the tailgate or Notre Dame Stadium. At the conclusion of the tailgate, all guests will need to either move to their seats for the game or exit Notre Dame Stadium and Duncan Student Center.
  • You can review the complete list of permitted and prohibited items within Notre Dame Stadium here. 

Giving Society Mass

Giving Society members and their guests are invited to a post-game Mass following the afternoon games. Mass will NOT be held after the USC game. Registration is not required. Seating is on a first come first served basis. Open to all giving society members.

When: 30-Minutes Post-Game
[Mass will NOT be held after the Bowling Green or USC game. During the Bowling Green game weekend, Mass will be celebrated at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center 30 minutes post game.]
Where: Notre Dame Law School - St. Thomas More Chapel

Other campus Masses during football weekends

Onward To Victory Dinner

Back by popular demand! Bring your family and friends and join your fellow giving society members for a delicious buffet at the Morris Inn during home game weekends. The New Mexico and Bowling Green games will feature the Irishman Buffet. The Irishman buffet is  a nod to our heritage with a Morris Inn twist! For the Virginia game you can expect the always popular Italiano Buffet. Cash bar is available. Dinner will not be offered on USC weekend. Open to all giving society members. Advance Registration Required.

When: Saturdays - Begins 30 minutes post-game. Buffet will close 2 hours post-game. (Dinner will not be offered during the USC game weekend)
Where: Morris Inn - William & Mary Ann Smith Ballroom

  • Adults: $44
  • Children 12 and under: $24
  • Children 5 and under: Free

For parties greater than 10, please contact the Donor Experience Team at 574-631-5198

Rockne Athletics Fund - Ask Jack

Ask Jack
Rockne members only are invited to hear Vice President and James E. Rohr Director of Athletics, Jack Swarbrick, share what's happening inside Notre Dame Athletics and across the collegiate landscape. Accompanying Jack is a guest student-athlete who speaks on his/her experience at Notre Dame. Both Swarbrick and the student-athlete participate in Q&A to round out the session. Light breakfast will be provided. Advance Registration Required

When: Saturdays
New Mexico, Virginia Tech, Navy, Boston College Games: 9:30am (Kickoff at 2:30pm)
Virginia, Bowling Green Games: 9:30am (Kickoff at 3:30pm)
USC Game: Noon (Kickoff at 7:30pm)  
Where: Jordan Hall of Science - Auditorium
Cost: Complimentary

Rockne Athletics Fund Weekend

Join your fellow Rockne Athletics Fund members during the annual Rockne Weekend for the Virginia Tech game! Advance Registration Required

When: Friday, Nov. 1 - Evening reception with appearances from special guests (Time: 7:00-8:30 pm) 
When: Saturday, Nov. 2 - Locker Room Tours for Blue Members and above, Pre-Game Field Passes for Gold Members and above (Time: TBA)
Where: Dahnke Ballroom, Notre Dame Stadium

Ohara Society Events

Join your fellow O’Hara Society members this fall as we cheer on the Fighting Irish and have opportunities to engage with Dean Martijn Cremers and our graduate business students. We hope to see you back at Mendoza this season!

Mendoza Graduate Alumni Tailgate
Graduate alumni, students, faculty, staff, and families gather in Mendoza’s Naimoli Courtyard for tailgate food, beer and wine, and fun before three home games this season. O’Hara Society members receive complimentary entrance to this event, as well as two tickets for beer and wine. Advance registration is required. Cheers!
When: Sept. 14 (New Mexico), Oct. 12 (USC), and Nov. 16 (Navy)
Where: Naimoli Courtyard - Mendoza College of Business

Mendoza Tailgate Registration

The Dean's Speaker Series
On select football Fridays, you are invited to the Mendoza College of Business as we welcome business leaders to campus and have the opportunity to learn more about their lives and careers. Reserved seating is available for O'Hara members who register in advance. To register, please email Sarah Carruthers at with your name and number of attendees.

Tom Mendoza, Retired President and Vice Chairman, NetApp
When: Friday, September 13 (New Mexico), Time TBA
Where: Jordan Auditorium, Mendoza College of Business

Joseph Ucuzoglu, Chief Executive Officer, Deloitte
: Friday, October 11 (USC), 11:00am 
Where: Jordan Auditorium, Mendoza College of Business

Robert Jackson Jr., SEC Commissioner  
: Friday, November 22 (Boston College), 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Where: Jordan Auditorium, Mendoza College of Business

Event Hdr Ostm Events

We are looking forward to having you back on campus as we welcome Dean Marcus Cole for his first football season at Notre Dame Law School!

Law School Homecoming Tailgate
Join your NDLS classmates and enjoy a tailgate buffet and an open bar including beer and wine on DeBartolo Quad, between the Law School and Notre Dame Stadium. This is a great opportunity to meet up with Law School friends and get ready to cheer on the Fighting Irish. Order of St. Thomas More members receive a $10 discount on their registration. Advance registration required.

When: Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019 (Virginia)
Where: DeBartolo Quad, east of the Law School

Homecoming Tailgate Registration

Bipartisanship Panel
Professor Jimmy Gurulé will moderate a panel discussion with Senators Chris Coons, Joe Donnelly, and Jeff Flake. Order of St. Thomas More members may register in advance for reserved courtroom seating. To register, email Sarah Carruthers at with your name and number of attendees. 

When: Friday, September 27, 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Where: McCartan Courtroom, Eck Hall of Law  

150th Reception and Introduction to Dean Cole

Celebrate Notre Dame Law School’s sesquicentennial year and hear remarks from the new Joseph A. Matson Dean of Notre Dame Law School, Marcus Cole. This event is complimentary and open to all Notre Dame lawyers and Order of St. Thomas More members.

When: Friday, September 27, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Where: Dahnke Ballroom, Duncan Student Center

150th Reception Registration

Donuts with the Dean

This year, Dean Marcus Cole is pleased to welcome you to our inaugural Donuts with the Dean event each football Saturday. This will be a wonderful time to meet Dean Cole and distinguished faculty members, and engage with other Order of St. Thomas More members to start off your Football Saturday! We’ve made our event early enough so you will have time to head to the Shake Down the Thunder! Tailgate in its new home at the Duncan Student Center. Go Irish! Advance Registration Required


  • Saturday, September 14 (New Mexico) 10:00am – 11:30am
  • Saturday, October 5 (Bowling Green) 11:00am – 12:30pm *Esteemed faculty hosts will fill in for Dean Cole this weekend.
  • Saturday, October 12 (USC) 2:00pm – 4:00pm *Esteemed faculty hosts will fill in for Dean Cole this weekend.
  • Saturday, November 2 (Virginia Tech) 10:00am – 11:30am
  • Saturday, November 16 (Navy) 10:00am – 11:30am
  • Saturday, November 23 (Boston College) 10:00am – 11:30am

Where: Eck Hall of Law Atrium

Badin Guild Events

Show your love for Notre Dame by joining your fellow Badin Guild members during the New Mexico and USC game weekends. Advance Registration Required

Badin Guild Reception - Limit 4
When: New Mexico Home Game
Friday, Sept. 13, 2019 • 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Where: Downes Club Landing, Corbett Family Hall

Badin Guild Rooftop Experience - Limit 2*
When: USC Home Game Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019 • Noon - 2:00pm
Where: Embassy Suites, Rooftop Patio
1140 E Angela Blvd, South Bend, IN 46617

*Please note that due to the venue capacity for this event, registration is limited to 2 persons per party.

Badin Guild events are exclusive to Badin Guild members and include complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beer, wine and soda.

Presidents Circle Cavanaugh Council

Come cheer on the Irish and enjoy these special Cavanaugh Council & President’s Circle experiences where you will engage with University leadership, students, and other members. For more information about these events or to register, please contact Jennifer Odell at or (574) 631-9556. We look forward to seeing you on campus. Go Irish!

New Member Welcome Receptions
When: Friday, September 13 (New Mexico) and Friday, November 15 (Navy)
Where: Locations TBD
Who: All new Cavanaugh Council & President’s Circle members who joined in 2019

Golden Dome Weekend
Our signature weekend featuring Mass, a Student Impact Program and University President, Fr. John Jenkins, and a pre-game tailgate.
When: Friday - Saturday, September 27-28 (Virginia)
Where: Foley’s, Welsh Family Hall, Stayer Center for Executive Education, and Irish Green
Who: All Cavanaugh Council & President’s Circle members

Legacy and Milestone Recognition Reception
Friday, October 4 (Bowling Green)
Where: Remick Commons
Who: Founding members and families that have been in Cavanaugh Council & President’s Circle for more than 8 years

Cavanaugh Council Experience Weekend
Our signature Cavanaugh Council-only weekend featuring Mass with University President, Fr. John Jenkins, a pre-game brunch and access to the Development tailgate on Irish Green.
When: Friday - Saturday, October 11-12 (USC)
Where: Locations TBD
Who: All Cavanaugh Council members

March to Victory Closing Reception
Friday, November 22 (Boston College)
Where: Location TBD
Who: All Cavanaugh Council & President’s Circle members

Sorin - A Notre Dame Story

Sorin: A Notre Dame Story returns this fall, with limited seating reserved exclusively for Giving Society members. This one-person play about the dawn of the University of Notre Dame as told by the intrepid Holy Cross priest who founded it, Rev. Edward Sorin, C.S.C., is directed by Patrick Vassel ’07—Associate Director of the smash hit, Hamilton—and written by celebrated playwright Christina Telesca Gorman ’91 with immersive projections by Ryan Belock ’11.

To register, please contact the Donor Experience Team at 574-631-5198.

When: Friday, Sept. 27 (Virginia)
Where: Patricia George Decio Theatre, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center
Limit 4 tickets per registration


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