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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 a football ticket lottery application - special contributors status.

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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NEW THIS SEASON! All Rockne Director’s Circle members are encouraged to attend the Tailgate Series. Tailgates will be held before the Texas, Navy and Wake Forest games. Tailgates will feature special appearances by Notre Dame coaches and former student-athletes, as well as broadcasts of games around the country. Light snacks will be provided and a cash bar will be available. Registration required. Come and go as you please with in and out privileges.

When:  Saturdays of Texas (9/5), Navy (10/10), and Wake Forest (11/14)
Where:  O'Brien's at the Compton Family Ice Arena
Time:  3 ½ hours before kick-off (3-hour event)
Cost: Admission in complementary – number of passes varies by membership level

All Rockne Donors $54+ (or $52 in 2014) will be invited to the Wake Forest tailgate on 11/14. You will receive an email in October with registration information.

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recognition weekend

Friday 9/18

Evening reception feature a "Special Guest Speaker", current student-athletes, hockey locker room tours, hors d'oeuvres and drinks.

Where: O'Brien's at the Compton Family Ice Arena
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Admission in complementary for all Director's Circle Members. Registration required.
Saturday 9/19

• Pre-game football locker room tours for all Blue and Gold level members
• Pre-game field passes for all Gold level members
• Notre Dame – Georgia Tech football game @ 3:30pm EST

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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. Benefactors will also have the opportunity to ask their own questions in an extensive Q&A session.

Scheduled Chats
March 25, 2015 at 1pm EST with Coach Bob Elliott (Football)
Tentative chats to be scheduled in June, September, and November

Gold Members will receive a call at the time of the scheduled chat, via their preferred phone number with the University.  Members will be contacted two weeks in advance of the Coach's Chat with a notification of the phone number which is slated to be called. At that time, members may respond to the email with a different preferred number.

Lapel Pins

All new Rockne members who make a $54 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 $54 (or $52 in 2014) 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.

2015 Football Single Game Ticket Pre-Sale Information

All Rockne Donors $54+ (or $52 in 2014) will get access to single game tickets 2 days before the general public. This pre-sale is an online only sale that will take place on Tuesday, July 21st starting at 6 PM ET on UND.com/BuyTickets. Single game tickets will go on sale to the general public starting Thursday, July 23rd at 6 PM ET.

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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