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Help me plan a trip to watch the Louisville game

Posted: 6/23/2014 1:08 PM

Help me plan a trip to watch the Louisville game 


I am long time ND fan ... raised and live in East Texas, and, my wife and I want to attend our first game this fall ... looking at the Louisville game .. we were planning on flying in to Chicago and make it a 3-4 day trip ... where should I buy tickets? should I stay in Chicago or a hotel in South Bend?  Thanks guys
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Posted: 6/23/2014 1:19 PM

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also, if this is the wrong forum, please move it mods - thanks.
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Posted: 6/23/2014 3:45 PM

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I am in business meetings for the rest of the day... I will reply later tonight or tomorrow.


irishdental wrote: I am long time ND fan ... raised and live in East Texas, and, my wife and I want to attend our first game this fall ... looking at the Louisville game .. we were planning on flying in to Chicago and make it a 3-4 day trip ... where should I buy tickets? should I stay in Chicago or a hotel in South Bend?  Thanks guys
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Posted: 6/23/2014 4:05 PM

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Let me guess, This meeting is taking place on the 18th green somewhere in America? lmao
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irishdental wrote: I am long time ND fan ... raised and live in East Texas, and, my wife and I want to attend our first game this fall ... looking at the Louisville game .. we were planning on flying in to Chicago and make it a 3-4 day trip ... where should I buy tickets? should I stay in Chicago or a hotel in South Bend?  Thanks guys
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Posted: 6/23/2014 7:37 PM

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You can buy tickets thru the ND ticket office if any are available this summer. They might be in the Louisville section. On Gameday, you can go to the football ticket booth at the Joyce (across from the stadium) three hours before KO and get your tiks at face, though they may be in the Louisville section. Then there is Stubhub. Lastly, you can get your tickets thru scalpers around campus. Scalping is legal in Indiana as long as the transaction takes place off campus. Tickets on that day won't be too much over face. The first bunch of scalpers will greet you off the tollway. You can stay in Chicago if you want to pay and see the sites. Or, you can stay in Portage or Valpo and pay much less than in Chicago or South bend. It is an easy one hour drive down the tollway from Portage or Valpo and both areas are safe. Driving in, take the Indiana Tollway east to Notre Dame Exit 77. The end of the exit will take you right into the White Lot parking. I think it's 20 or 25 dollars. Take the free shuttle into campus and back to the lot after the game. I walk both ways. I enjoy the walk. I hope this helps. There are other parking areas around (St Mary's, St Joes, various other lots around campus). You decide. Once on campus visit the Grotto, bookstore, library, basketball arena, trophy room 2nd floor basketball arena. There are ND ushers wearing green blazers that walk around campus with free maps, directions, and advice. They are very friendly people. Good luck. See you there.
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Posted: 6/23/2014 7:46 PM

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I'm actually gonna leave it here:

1. The ticket board is, for whatever reason, a pay board.
2. More people will see it here.




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Posted: 6/23/2014 8:17 PM

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Gavin... biggrin  the ultimate nice guy....


GaviND wrote: I'm actually gonna leave it here:

1. The ticket board is, for whatever reason, a pay board.
2. More people will see it here.




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Posted: 6/23/2014 10:15 PM

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What else are you interested in doing?

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Posted: 6/23/2014 10:23 PM

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There's nothing to see in South Bend....Stay in Chicago (north, that is).
irishdental wrote: I am long time ND fan ... raised and live in East Texas, and, my wife and I want to attend our first game this fall ... looking at the Louisville game .. we were planning on flying in to Chicago and make it a 3-4 day trip ... where should I buy tickets? should I stay in Chicago or a hotel in South Bend?  Thanks guys
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Posted: 6/24/2014 10:34 AM

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Ticket Board is for pay members because it's meant to be a privilege of membership, but also to protect against trolls/fraud, since not just anyone can post on there.

You know, it's not like there are sites like Craigslist or eBay or anything out there.

The idea is really that you can buy and sell tickets from people who you at least have some idea about, assuming they are regular pay posters, and while Scout doesn't assume any liability for transactions on that board, it does have contact  and billing information for every pay member, so at least they are not completely anonymous.

As for the OP's question, I'm going to that game without tickets because I don't think demand will be high and I think they will be readily available on gameday. but I could be wrong.

Despite the proximity, Louisville football has never impressed me as a fanbase that will really travel, like Nebraska's or Tennessee's or Florida State's.

The home games you aren't going to find tickets for without getting scalped are going to be Michigan and Stanford, IMO.

GaviND wrote: I'm actually gonna leave it here:

1. The ticket board is, for whatever reason, a pay board.
2. More people will see it here.




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Posted: 6/24/2014 10:37 AM

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South Bend, now that the College Football Hall of Fame is gone (moved to Atlanta), check out the displays on the second floor of the Purcell Pavilion on campus, and see ND1969's pinned post on top of the board for other things to do at ND.

In South Bend itself go see the Studebaker Museum, and if the weather is still nice go kayaking on the East Race. Otherwise, no, not a lot to do.

sgvdomer wrote: There's nothing to see in South Bend....Stay in Chicago (north, that is).
irishdental wrote: I am long time ND fan ... raised and live in East Texas, and, my wife and I want to attend our first game this fall ... looking at the Louisville game .. we were planning on flying in to Chicago and make it a 3-4 day trip ... where should I buy tickets? should I stay in Chicago or a hotel in South Bend?  Thanks guys
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Posted: 6/24/2014 11:04 AM

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Thank you guys for the replies and keeping the post here ... We spent a couple of days in Chicago last December ... things I would love to do on this trip ...

> visit the field museum
> visit the top tourist spots in chicago ...

as for the game, I don't mind spending more money on the tickets ... if there is a really cool hotel or place to stay in south bend, perhaps a place we should definitely eat etc I would love to do that ... this is a blow it out kind of trip ...
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Posted: 6/24/2014 11:05 AM

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also, what would be the best seats available or area to sit in?
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Posted: 6/24/2014 5:19 PM

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Upper bowl is not bad for a complete view. The closer you sit to the field, the less perspective you are going to have when the action is away from you. I sit first row north end and it is terrific when the action is right in front of me or at least headed my way. When action is in the south end, I rely on the radio play by play. If you can get seats somewhere between Sections 106 - 112 upper bowl or Sections 6 -12  rows 30 - 50  lower bowl then you will be in good shape. I think you probably will end up somewhere in the NE corner or SE corner. Good luck. If you are staying in Chicago for a few days, maybe you can line yourself up with Blackhawk or Bulls tickets if they happen to be in town. That is one pricey ticket though. Expect about a two hour drive from Chicago to campus using the toll way. Just a thought. You can stay in Portage, Merrillville, or Valpo as the hotel rates will be much cheaper and it will only take an hour drive to Chicago for all the fun stuff to do in the city. Those towns I mentioned are half way between Chicago and campus.
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Posted: 6/25/2014 12:50 PM

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I think you guys might be surprised at the demand from Louisville fans. Louisville has a ton of Catholics, so as you would expect many of them grew up following ND. There are many Louisville fans who would be seeing their two favorite teams by going to a UofL/ND game in South Bend. It's also a driveable trip against an opponent many of us never thought we'd play. The Louisville ticket allotment was over-subscribed (people who asked for 6 tickets generally got 2), so there will be a lot of Louisville people looking for tickets on the secondary market.

I've only been to South Bend once, and it was for a basketball game, so I'm very much looking forward to making the trip.
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Posted: 6/25/2014 1:24 PM

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I think we get it.  It's like this for every team that comes to Notre Dame. 


GoCardz wrote: I think you guys might be surprised at the demand from Louisville fans. Louisville has a ton of Catholics, so as you would expect many of them grew up following ND. There are many Louisville fans who would be seeing their two favorite teams by going to a UofL/ND game in South Bend. It's also a driveable trip against an opponent many of us never thought we'd play. The Louisville ticket allotment was over-subscribed (people who asked for 6 tickets generally got 2), so there will be a lot of Louisville people looking for tickets on the secondary market.

I've only been to South Bend once, and it was for a basketball game, so I'm very much looking forward to making the trip.
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Posted: 6/25/2014 1:37 PM

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ha, no.  Good ol Elyria Ohio.  near Cleveland.  Not sure why I couldn't have called from my house in Dublin.  Waste of a drive and time.

LOUISVILLE GAME IN SOUTH BEND.

My in-laws live in Chicago.. So I avoid the place like the plague.  There is a ton to do there and Michigan Ave is a must for everyone once in your life.  Odds are it's going to be colder than hell in Chicago and windy enough to shoot the cold right through to your bones.  Chicago is pretty neat from Thanksgiving thru Christmas for shopping and I am sure the Bulls or Blackhawks or Bears will be in town.

It's really a what are you looking to do thing.  Is this a pilgrimage to see all ND has to offer?  or a trip looking for max fun?  

There is a lot to do and none of which can be found on any other campus in America.

1.  Trumpets Under the Dome- This will amp you up and make you want to suit up and play.
2.  Grotto
3.  Basilica Tour
4.  Picture with Touchdown Jesus and Fair Catch Corby
5.  Eat Pizza at either Barnaby's or Polito's.   If Polito's...  choose the deep dish (holy crap its good)
6.  Try and stay at the Hotel on campus...  odds are its booked already.  
7.  Friday Night Pep Rally
8.  Friday Night, Wake up the Echoes Drummers Circle at mid-night.
9.  Watch players walk into stadium... not as great as it use to be.
10. Hoops team plays at Noon on 22nd...  not sure if that's a home game or not.   
rbiddie wrote: Let me guess, This meeting is taking place on the 18th green somewhere in America? lmao
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irishdental wrote: I am long time ND fan ... raised and live in East Texas, and, my wife and I want to attend our first game this fall ... looking at the Louisville game .. we were planning on flying in to Chicago and make it a 3-4 day trip ... where should I buy tickets? should I stay in Chicago or a hotel in South Bend?  Thanks guys
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Posted: 6/25/2014 1:37 PM

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nice, I'm a ND fan and never even been inside the state of Indiana but as a St. John's / Big East / Pitino fan (grew up in NYC) and a student at UNC Charlotte when Louisville was in the CUSA with us I have grown to learn alot about Louisville and have alot of respect for their programs.  They do have a great fanbase and I definitely think they will bring more fans than UNC / Duke / Boston College / Pittsburgh / other ACC programs that have played ND recently.  Solid post.
GoCardz wrote: I think you guys might be surprised at the demand from Louisville fans. Louisville has a ton of Catholics, so as you would expect many of them grew up following ND. There are many Louisville fans who would be seeing their two favorite teams by going to a UofL/ND game in South Bend. It's also a driveable trip against an opponent many of us never thought we'd play. The Louisville ticket allotment was over-subscribed (people who asked for 6 tickets generally got 2), so there will be a lot of Louisville people looking for tickets on the secondary market.

I've only been to South Bend once, and it was for a basketball game, so I'm very much looking forward to making the trip.
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Posted: 6/25/2014 1:43 PM

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+1
ewcoold wrote: nice, I'm a ND fan and never even been inside the state of Indiana but as a St. John's / Big East / Pitino fan (grew up in NYC) and a student at UNC Charlotte when Louisville was in the CUSA with us I have grown to learn alot about Louisville and have alot of respect for their programs.  They do have a great fanbase and I definitely think they will bring more fans than UNC / Duke / Boston College / Pittsburgh / other ACC programs that have played ND recently.  Solid post.
GoCardz wrote: I think you guys might be surprised at the demand from Louisville fans. Louisville has a ton of Catholics, so as you would expect many of them grew up following ND. There are many Louisville fans who would be seeing their two favorite teams by going to a UofL/ND game in South Bend. It's also a driveable trip against an opponent many of us never thought we'd play. The Louisville ticket allotment was over-subscribed (people who asked for 6 tickets generally got 2), so there will be a lot of Louisville people looking for tickets on the secondary market.

I've only been to South Bend once, and it was for a basketball game, so I'm very much looking forward to making the trip.
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Posted: 6/25/2014 1:54 PM

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remmuh80 wrote: I think we get it.  It's like this for every team that comes to Notre Dame. 
Oh, I'm sure that's true, but it's also true that not all your opponents are so nearby, most have played in South Bend before, and none of them host a football game between their local Catholic high school rivals that draws 30,000+ every year. This is basically a pilgrimage for a lot of Louisville fans.

I, for one, cannot wait.
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