Notre Dame Band Alumni Band FAQs

Where will the Alumni Band sit at the game?
Seating for participating band alumni and their guests is located in sections 34, 35, and 36 of the stadium. Most of the seats will be located behind the current marching band in the stands in the northwest end zone, off of the field. Starting in 2017, all field seats have been eliminated due to safety concerns. Band seating has been moved into seats in the northwest end zone, off the field. The ability to see the football action on the field has been greatly enhanced due to this change.

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Through the Band Reunion registration we can get two tickets, one for me and one for a non-marching guest. How can I get more tickets for other family and friends who want to come?
There is good news! At previous Band Reunions, getting tickets through the Reunion registration meant that you could not participate in the regular ticket lottery. In 2018 you WILL be able to purchase additional tickets through the lottery PLUS tickets from Vivid Seats (Notre Dame’s official ticket outlet). The Pittsburgh game will likely have good availability for tickets.

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How will my spouse/guest get to their seat?
Due to safety concerns and the presence of the student athletes on the field, only participating band alumni who are marching may enter through the tunnel. Spouses and guests with tickets in the participating band stadium seating area will enter the stadium through Gate E, conveniently located near the seating area for the alumni band. Once inside the stadium, your spouse or guest will be able to find their seat in the alumni band seating area.


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Halftime only? Why aren’t we marching pre-game?
The timing of pregame has changed due to the television coverage. Due to the limited time we have to clear the field at the end of pre-game, the alumni band will only be marching halftime on the field.  

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Where do I pick up my game tickets, music, hat, and polo shirt?
All of these items will be available for pick-up at the registration tent located in the Band Building courtyard from 9:00am – 4:00pm on Friday, October 12 and 8:00am – 8:30am on Saturday, October 13. Your full packet of music, including the school songs, will be in your registration materials which you will pick up when you arrive on campus. 

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Is the game time set?
Yes, we are basing the tentative schedule on the 2:30 pm kick-off time that was released by Notre Dame Athletics.

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Are the shirt and hat required to participate in the marching?
Yes, the 2018 polo shirt and the 2018 Band Reunion ball cap are required for Alumni who are participating. Navy blue pants or blue jeans along with athletic shoes are encouraged.


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Can I just use my hat from a previous Band Reunion?
No, the newly designed 2018 band alumni hat is distinctive and will provide a uniform look for the alumni band.

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Is there a Friday night reception?
The Friday night reception will be held at Legends from 4pm-8pm.  The Club side of the restaurant will be offering their Backfield Menu Tailgate Feast for $15 cash.
Choose one: Jumbo Bratwurst; Wings; Backfield Cheeseburger (vegetarian black bean burger available); Smoked Pork Sandwich 
Your tailgate feast includes: Homemade Mac & Cheese, Jumbo ND Cookie, Bag of Chips, and 20 oz Bottled Coke Product
The bar on the club side will accept credit cards.

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Where can I find information on driving directions, parking, stadium bag policy, and game weekend details?
Please refer to the Game Day website found at

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What if I need to cancel?
Occasionally circumstances change and a Band Alum who was planning to attend the Reunion cannot do so. Refunds will be made accordingly, depending on deadlines below. Cancellations and requests must be made by US mail or by email to Donelle Flick at
1. A $50 fee will be applied to all cancelled reservations.
2. Ticket payments are refundable prior to April 15th.
3. Instrument rental fees are refundable prior to September 15th.
4. After hats and polos have been ordered they are non-refundable. In case of cancellations, the ordered     apparel will be shipped to the Band Alum following the Reunion.
5.  After September 15th, all cancellations are non-refundable.
6.  Due to tax implications, O’Brien donations are non-refundable
7.  Refunds will not be given in the case of a no show or in case of inclement weather.
8.  Refunds may not be processed until after Reunion.

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I don’t see the answer to my question above.
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