The Notre Dame Tailgating Guide for 2012

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On Sept. 8, Purdue will be traveling to Notre Dame for the Irish's home opener.

If you are planning your first visit to South Bend to watch a game, here are some tips to make for a great tailgating experience. Whether you park in a reserve lot or in general parking, fun can be had by all.

Notre Dame Lots

Burke:

Burke Golf Course is relatively new parking option for 2012. The lot will open at 8 a.m. gameday. The cost will be $40 and is only available to fans with game tickets. Parking is on a first-come basis and will only be open to passenger vehicles. RVs, buses, and limousines will not be allowed to park in the lot. The entrance to the lot is located off of Angela Boulevard on the southwestern part of the campus.

White Field North:

White Field North is another option for game-day parking. The lot will open at a.m. on gameday. This lot is open to all vehicles. The cost for passenger vehicles is $25. The entrance to White Field North is located off of Juniper Road on the northern part of the campus. Signs on State Road 933 and Cleveland Road will lead to the entrance. White Field has shuttle buses to help get fans to the stadium. But walking through campus is also an option.

Reserved Lots:

Joyce Center and Notre Dame Stadium lots are all reserved parking. If you are able to get a reserved parking permit, consider yourself lucky. These lots are all within a short walk to the stadium. All Joyce Center and Stadium lots open at 8 a.m. Reserved parking is also available at the campus bookstore. This lot will open at 8:30 a.m. on gameday.

Hours:

Tailgating can begin at 8:00 a.m. on gameday until kickoff and will continue for three hours after the end of the game.

The University of Notre Dame encourages fans to tailgate before and after the game. But it does not allow tailgating during the game. Fans that do not have tickets may watch the game from several locations on campus.

Food/Beverages:

If your planning to have brats and burgers for a tailgating meal, bring a propane grill; charcoal grills are prohibited at Notre Dame.

All beverages are allowed based on age appropriateness, but understand that kegs are permitted on Notre Dame lots.

Tips:

When planning your tailgate experience at Notre Dame, plan on going early, play a lot of games, enjoy the fun at your site, and plan on walking around the campus. Notre Dame is full of tradition and charm, as you walk the campus here are some sites to check out.

St. Joseph's and St. Mary's Lakes, located on the western part of campus take time to take in the beauty of the campus.

The Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, located east of two lakes is a landmark must-see on campus. Take a couple minutes before or after the game, if you're a Notre Dame fan it is a must see.

Touchdown Jesus, or Hesburgh Library as it is known to current students and alumni, depending on your knowledge of the campus, is located north of the stadium. Most fans can't resist an opportunity to have a picture taken in front of this Irish landmark.

The statue of Father Corby, located in front of Corby Hall east of the Grotto. Here is something for the history buffs of the world. The statue is a copy of a statue that stands at Gettysburg.

The Golden Dome, located north from the campus bookstore, is the most recognizable landmark on the campus. Walk north on Notre Dame Avenue from Angela Boulevard and have your camera ready for some great shots.

The writer has been a fan of Notre Dame football since 1988 and lived in South Bend for eight years while attending many tailgating events.

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