I’ve (Jeff) always wanted to take Isaac to Notre Dame Stadium. So this summer I decided that this would be the year. I picked the North Carolina game and set the wheels in motion to get this done. We didn’t let Isaac know until right before we left for the game.
Isaac and I took a flight to Chicago on Thursday night and then I drove to the hotel 10 miles from Notre Dame Stadium as Isaac slept. The next day we got up and headed to the stadium to get a tour. We got to go into the locker room, see and touch the “PLAY LIKE A CHAMPION TODAY” sign and I got to soak up the history of Notre Dame Football. My Favorite part of the Day was being able to go onto the football field. We got our pictures taken and I got to play catch with Isaac on the field. This was a really special moment for me and I know someday Isaac will realize how special it really was.
Next we headed to Bookstore and got some ND gear for the whole family. After that we had lunch and then found a spot to play some football on the campus. We played a game and then just threw the football around. Next we headed to the Golden Dome to watch the ND band play what they call the “Trumpets under the Dome” and then the whole band marches to the Pavilion for the Pep Rally. We followed suit throwing around the football the whole way. After the Pep Rally we went and watched the defending National Champion Men’s Soccer team play Louisville. What a GREAT DAY!
Game Day, we got up and had breakfast at Bob Evans and then headed to the Stadium. The first thing we did was hit the Notre Dame experience where we saw the Leprechaun and played some games. After that we headed over to watch the players walk over to the stadium. While we waited for the players we played some catch with the football. After we saw the team walk over and Isaac got some high fives from the players we played some more catch with the football.
Game Time, Isaac loved all the music that they played. He loved cheering on the Irish and giving high fives to all those around us. Isaac got to experience some of the traditions that they do during game time, doing what I will call the Fighting Irish stance dance. Also, raising your finger in the air rotating it in a circle yelling ooooooh before kicks offs and then yell IRISH when the ball is kicked. Isaac also got to experience what the students section does when the Irish score, getting lifted in the air as a plank for as many points as the Irish have. Final Score 50-43, Irish WIN. What an AWESOME DAY! We had a Great time and it was everything I imagined it would be and more!
|at the airport in Sioux Falls|
|tour of the stadium- football field|
|playing catch on the field|
|touching the sign|
|tour of the field|
|giving the players high fives|
|at the game|
|planks- up and down|