It is sometimes hard to be a fan of a team based hundreds of miles away from you. Watching on T.V. and following on social media is great, but there comes a time when you really wish you could see the team in person. On Saturday, October 13th, I was finally able to shorten my bucket list and went to see the Fighting Irish play the University of Pittsburgh in South Bend. My friends and I set out on Friday morning to make the 10 ½ hour drive from SUNY Cortland to the University of Notre Dame.
After hours of driving, with a lot of energy drinks and snacks mixed in, we finally arrived on campus. That night was spent exploring the night life at ND. The next morning was an early 8:00 am wake up for a 2:00 pm game. We immediately threw on our Notre Dame apparel and headed to the stadium to tailgate. When we arrived, I couldn’t believe the view.
We ate food and enjoyed refreshments for hours but all I could think about was getting into that stadium. Thinking about the history and all the games I had watched on television since I was in elementary school, I was finally going to see Notre Dame football in person. After what felt like an eternity, we finally entered the stadium. When I walked through the tunnel, it was like something I had seen in movies. The most beautiful field I have ever seen.
Soon after finding our spot in the students section the field began to fill up with media, band members, and players. My friends and the rest of the fans couldn’t wait for the game to begin but I was still soaking in the sights and sounds. All of a sudden I snapped out of my daze when the band began playing the Notre Dame fight song. The song I had heard hundreds of times but it sounded so much better in person. The players spilled onto the field from the tunnel and the game was ready to start. It is one of the best traditions in sports.
Notre Dame won the game although they did not play well. That did not matter to me. Going to Notre Dame football game was something I had wanted to do since I was in 5th grade. It was everything I had imagined and more. The stadium, the field, the campus, everything almost didn’t seem real. The last thing I saw as I was leaving the stadium was “Touchdown Jesus” in the distance. One of the most famous Notre Dame football attractions and my favorite by far. A very fitting way to end one of the best weekends of my life.