I’d be lying if I said that football wasn’t a reason I chose to attend the University of Notre Dame. An electric feeling permeates campus early in the week and swells all the way through Thursday, when the unmistakable game day climate begins to take over.
Although only 8,000 people live here, over 100,000 people flock into Notre Dame, Indiana for game day, and that’s in spite of the fact that Notre Dame Stadium seats around 80,000. The parking lot fills to the brim with cars, tents and tailgaters soaking up the Notre Dame spirit and waiting to watch another round of Fighting Irish football.
Rarely will I ever don a T-shirt to step outside of my dorm, but game day surpasses all rules. As I’ve written before, Notre Dame students band together to wear the same shirt — The Shirt — to each and every home football game. Although it changes from year to year, The Shirt reminds us all that despite our differences, we are Notre Dame.
With that in mind, I decided to keep my game day look classic, but with a modern silhouette. I tucked my Shirt into my favorite LOFT curvy skinny jeans and chose comfortable Coach sneakers with thick soles to keep my feet happy through the long day. My Anthropologie headband and Forever 21 stackable rings added some sparkle to the look. To stay on schedule and keep my look casual, I wore a Michael Kors watch. I always wear my chunky blue and gold beads too; they were a gift from my dad at the 2013 National Championship. Later in the fall, I might add a leather jacket to keep warm.
To tailgate like a Domer, keep these five tips in mind:
- Tap into tradition at your school. Every college has its own ideas about what makes game day great, so take advantage of every classic and kooky tradition that makes your school awesome.
- Finger food is a must, and the more creative it is, the better. To the family who had warm soft pretzels and personal pizzas before Notre Dame vs. Temple, thank you.
- Dress for success — in more than one way. Stay in spirit to cheer your team onward to victory, but keep it classy. Notre Dame students have been known to schmooze with tailgaters and get job or internship offers for it.
- Don’t stray too far from home. Notre Dame Stadium is right on campus, so keep your partying close by. Come game time, you won’t have to navigate through foot traffic from somewhere far away.
- Appreciate all that a campus has to offer. Tailgating is more than partying and going to the game. If you’re a visitor, take advantage of the time to see the most recognizable sights. If you’re at home, show someone around. They’ll value your expertise, especially if you spot a campus celebrity!
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