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Our Story

News headlines call attention to Notre Dame’s twenty-seven team national championships, eight-straight number one finishes atop the NCAA Graduation Success Rate rankings, and the countless daily achievements of our athletes. But behind the headlines are the individual stories of the 700 student-athletes for whom you make the dream of wearing blue and gold a reality.

Here are the stories of three student-athletes who have not only benefited from Rockne Heritage Fund gifts, but exemplify the impact return on our benefactors investments:

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All Director’s Circle level members and above will receive an application for the football lottery.

Gifts must be complete by Dec. 31 in order to qualify for the upcoming season. Applicants will be able to apply for two to six tickets per game, depending on game availability and their donor level. In recent years Director's Circle members have had an over 90% success rate for home game tickets requested through the lottery.

* 2015 Shamrock Series game not included.

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You’re invited to the exclusive Rockne Tailgate Series, a new experience in 2015. Tailgates will be hosted for three home games to be announced in February 2015, with Director’s Circle members receiving complimentary admission.

Food and bar service will be open three and a half hours prior to kick-off. The tailgate will feature special appearances by Notre Dame coaches, as well as broadcasts of games around the country.

Additional tailgates will be identified throughout the year at Men's and Women's Basketball games as well as other sports.

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As a Gold Level member, go behind-the-scenes with the men and women who lead the Fighting Irish — Notre Dame coaches. This new experience features a quarterly conference call, which includes an overview from the coach on topics such as recruiting and the upcoming season. Donors will also have the opportunity to ask their own questions in an extensive Q&A session.

Coach’s Chats are tentatively scheduled for March, June, September, and November.

Lapel Pins

All new Rockne members who make a $52 gift and above are eligible to receive a Proud to be ND lapel pin in the mail.

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Single Game Ticket Pre-Sale

All Rockne members with a gift of $52 or more will have access to single game ticket pre-sales, which gives you the chance to purchase available tickets for Notre Dame football and basketball games before the general public. Football games go on sale in July and basketball tickets go on sale in October. Members will receive an email allowing them to purchase in their exclusive pre-sale window.

Pre-Game Sideline Access

There’s nothing quite like being on the sideline watching your Fighting Irish warm up in Notre Dame Stadium. As a Gold Level member, you and a guest have the chance to experience this for one game a season. Available games will be communicated.

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Get your chance to be on the field at Notre Dame Stadium just moments after the game ends. This experience, available exclusively through the Notre Dame Experience mobile app, will provide Director’s Circle members the opportunity to go on the field shortly following the football team’s singing of the Alma Mater. Instructions on how to download and use the app will be sent to all Rockne members.

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Facility Tours

The football locker room at Notre Dame Stadium is hallowed ground. This experience, available exclusively through the Notre Dame Experience mobile app, will provide Director’s Circle members the opportunity to access limited space for Friday Locker Room tours. Tours must be accessed by members using the mobile application.

Instructions on how to download and use the app will be sent to all Rockne members.

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Back The Irish

As a new Blue Level member, you will receive one seat engraving in the Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center. As a new Gold Level member, you will receive TWO seat engravings in the Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center. If you’ve been a member of either the Gold or Blue levels for at least five years, you are automatically eligible for this feature.

Both levels will also receive a framed photo of the engraving after installation. Memberships fulfilled by 12/31 receive a spring installation, and memberships fulfilled by 6/30 receive a fall installation.

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