You’re viewing a version of this story optimized for slow connections. To see the full story click here.

Notre Dame Football

A pregame tradition

Story by Jim Tardio March 21st, 2015

Tradition

One of the greatest American college traditions can be experienced during football season at the University of Notre Dame. Before every Saturday home game, the Notre Dame campus comes alive with parades, rallies, barbecues, and prayers for a victory. Visitors line up to watch the players silently walk to the field of battle. The Notre Dame marching band gathers to perform. Cheerleaders fire up the crowd. And the Leprechaun mingles with the fans. The brisk autumn air is filled with the aroma of grilled burgers & brats. It all combines to create a magical atmosphere that is almost overwhelming. I got the chance to attend this tradition on a cold, foggy and rainy November day. The weather didn’t seem to dampen the spirits of the 80,000 fans that joined me. And, as luck would have it, it was a victory for the Fighting Irish. If you listened hard enough, you could hear the echos of the Four Horsemen fading into the cold November night.

notre-dame-leprechaun.jpg
notre-dame-cheer-leaders.jpg
notre-dame-full-band.jpg
notre-dame-tubas.jpg
notre-dame-tubas-formation.jpg
notre-dame-tubas-close.jpg
notre-dame-grotto.jpg
notre-dame-grotto-candles.jpg
notre-dame-grill.jpg
notre-dame-young-fan.jpg
notre-dame-pumpkins.jpg
notre-dame-marching-band.jpg
notre-dame-halftime.jpg
notre-dame-god-country.jpg
Footnote: These photos were taken several years ago with a very old & crude (by today's standards) Canon S45 pocket camera...converted to Black & White. Go Irish!