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It is almost fall and that means it is try for football. I am not really a sports fan, but luckily football on Notre Dame Campus is not really about the game. It provides something for everyone whether you want an academic lecture, a sunrise mass, or a tall frosty beer while you kick back and watch the game.

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On home football weekends, Notre Dame's campus comes alive with anticipation and spirit. Start your day with Mass at 6:45 in the grotto or a Stadium Tunnel Tour from 10AM-5PM. On your next trip in for a game, join in the excitement with Football Fridays at the Eck. Football Fridays take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. outside of the Eck Visitors Center. Admission is free. This weekend is the Notre Dame and University of Michigan game and the Pep Rally is set to kick it off at 5:45PM Friday September 5, 2014. For the night owls you won’t want to miss the midnight drum circle on the steps of the Admin building (that is the one with the big gold dome) – the drum line is pretty cool to see, but get there early because there is a crowd.

On Game Day try The Notre Dame Experience in the Joyce Fieldhouse (Begins at 12:00 PM ends: 7:30 PM ). This is a family friendly event. Admission is free to the dynamic and redesigned fan fest allowing fans to emulate the Irish by participating in one of the four different interactive football games. Or, fans may visit the other displays throughout the Experience to collect giveaways or samples for all ages.

Throughout the day, there will be entertainment including an autograph session with former Notre Dame football players, Notre Dame videos and programming, and visits by the Notre Dame cheerleaders and a performance by the Glee Club. Fans can enjoy concessions and drinks, pick up a souvenir from the Varsity Shop and relax in a family friendly atmosphere. The festivities will wrap up at 7:30 p.m. with the showing of the Notre Dame Football pregame show on NBC Sports and then the live broadcast of the game.

Watch the players walk from Guglielmino complex through the library quad at 5:15 and celebrate as the Notre Dame and Michigan bands enter the stadium. At 6:45 is the marching band will parade from the Admin Building to the stadium. If you have tickets, you won’t want to miss the band performance inside the stadium, if you do not you can watch it in the Joyce Fieldhouse or take a trip around the stadium to Legends Bar (it can get pretty crowded there too and may require reservations).

A full list of events and activities can be obtained on campus or by visiting