The Notre Dame Football
| FAQ | Ticket Brokering |
|1.||Q.||What is the capacity of Notre Dame's stadium ?|
The official stadium capacity is 80795. |
Since the stadium expansion, the seating capacity has changed year to year. In 1997, the capacity was listed as 80225. This number was adjusted to 80010 in 1998. In 2000, 220 seats (ground-level bleachers) were added bringing the seating capacity to 80232, though on November 11, 2000 (Boston College game), the seating was 80653. In 2001, the capacity was increased to the present number of 80795.
The Campus Crossroads project plans to widen the seats from 17" to 18", reducing capacity in the stadium bowl, although additional premium seating in 2 of 3 buildings (for academic/research and and student recreational uses) flanking the stadium will ultimately increase total capacity.
Prior to reconstruction in the 1990s, the capacity was 59,075. From 1966 to 1996, an attendance of 59075 was used for all sell-outs, though actual attendance may have been greater.
The stadium was built in 1929 and dedicated during the Notre Dame versus Navy game, October 11, 1930. The stadium re-dedication ceremony was held during the Notre Dame versus Georgia Tech game, September 6, 1997.
|2.||Q.||How are the ~ 80000 tickets distributed ?|
A rough breakdown is as follows:
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|3.||Q.||How do Notre Dame students and alumni obtain football tickets ?|
Notre Dame students are guaranteed availabilty of tickets to all home games (see above) and can enter a lottery for away games (see below). Traditionally, Notre Dame students would wait in line (often camping out overnight) at the J.A.C.C. in order to obtain tickets closer to the 50 yard line (and in order to party!); seniors would be able to purchase tickets on the first day of ticket sales, juniors on the second day, etc. However, more recently, the ticket office has replaced this tradition with a lottery process.
Donating alumni may enter a lottery for home and away football games. Those alumni which donated to the University between January 1 and December 31 of the year preceding the football season are eligible. Alumni are able to select which games they wish to attend. The lottery application must be received by the ticket office in early May. Alumni pay in advance for the tickets they request (plus a processing fee) and are later refunded the face value of those tickets which they were unsuccessful in acquiring through the lottery process. The chance of 'winning' the lottery for any given game depends on the demand for tickets for that particular game. One way to increase your chances of 'winning' the lottery is to request only one ticket for the desired game. Requesting more tickets and/or requesting seats adjacent to another lottery participant reduces the chances of 'winning.' In the latter case, both lottery participants must 'win' the lottery in order to obtain tickets. Lottery results are usually released in late June or early July; results are mailed and are also posted on the web. Tickets to home games are sent before the season begins. Tickets to away games may be sent later than the season opener (but before the game is played!).
Alumni who join a Recognition Society- one of several benefactor societies, with a minimum donation of $1500, partake in a special contributor lottery. These applications have improved chances for success.
As of 2007, Alumni and Parents of students are eligible to join the lottery for 5000 season tickets. Season ticket applicants pay an application fee and can request up to 6 tickets per game. Season ticket winners pay the face value of the tickets plus a yearly ticket rights fee based upon stadium location ($1250 to $2000 per season ticket). More information can be found at http://stadiumpreservation.nd.edu/tickets/
University of Notre Dame varsity athletes monogram winners are members of the Mongram Club, who also partake in a special lottery.
|4.||Q.||What is the face value of Notre Dame football tickets ?|
For 2016, the face value of home game general admission tickets is $75.00-$150.00, depending on the game.|
Students receive a 50% discount. There is a small section of several hundred chairback seats between the 30-yard lines that are allotted to major contributors. These are slighlty (25-30%) more expensive than the general admsisson seats.
|5.||Q.||Are ND tickets sold to the general public ?|
Generally, and unfortunately, no. An exception exists for "Friends of Notre Dame," namely major benefactors who, by virtue of contributing money through established Recognition Societies, establish an affiliation with the University. "Friends" are eligible to apply for season tickets. Season ticket applicants pay an application fee and can request up to 6 tickets per game. Season ticket winners pay the face value of the tickets plus a yearly ticket rights fee based upon stadium location ($1250 to 2000 per season ticket). More information can be found at http://stadiumpreservation.nd.edu/tickets/
Otherwise, if tickets for individual games remain after the University demand has been met, those tickets will be made available to the general public. Occasionally, the visiting team will return a portion of their 5000 tickets to the University, who will then sell these tickets to the general public. Additionally, some tickets remain from the University Allotment pool (see above), which are then available to the general public.
You should also check with local alumni clubs. The University allows the alumni clubs to sell game packages for one game during the year. Often, they will sell game packages to the general public if there are tickets remaining after the club demand is met. For most clubs, you do NOT have to be an alumn. to join. Check with the club in your area.
It is advisable to telephone the ticket office, at (574) 631-7356, in late July to find out if tickets will available for sale. Also, there is a Will Call Window at the Stadium Ticket Office; this is open, 2 hours prior to kickoff, for the sale and purchase of tickets.
|6.||Q.||How do "ticket brokers" obtain tickets ?|
Ticket brokers obtain tickets by purchasing them from individual ticket holders. With the exception of Official Game Packages,
sold through Anthony Travel, Notre Dame does not supply ticket brokers with game tickets.
Many (most?) ticket brokers will actually sell tickets which they do not have available. They expect to acquire the tickets at a later date, and know from prior experience roughly how many they will obtain from sellers. Hence, the broker takes a slight risk in that he may not be able to provide the tickets he has already sold. However, judging from the number of 'scalpers' seen around campus on game days, it seems that brokers are able to aquire more than enough tickets to meet their clients' demand.
'Legitimate' brokers should be easily contacted and would refund your money if they could not provide the tickets. BEWARE OF SCAMS (see below).
The University does NOT support the practice of ticket resale (read below).
|7.||Q.||Is ticket 'scalping' illegal ?|
Ticket 'scalping' is NOT illegal in the State of Indiana. However, it is against Notre Dame's ticket policy to sell tickets for more than face value (see below).
On game day, several 'scalpers' converge along the roadways that lead to campus. They usually sell and buy tickets. Don't be fooled by their scheme- one broker will pose with a sign that reads "Need Tickets"- while his/her partner will be selling them for a profit further down the road.
NOTE: The resale of tickets is strictly prohibited on University property. Read below for more information.
|7.||Q.||How do I know if the tickets I am purchasing are legitimate ?|
Unfortunately, ticket scams abound- not only on the internet, but also outside the stadium on game day. As in any potential scam, common sense and caution must be the rule.
Ticket forgery is a real concern, as is stealing a customers money with no intention of delivering the purchased tickets. From a University press release: "Clues to counterfeit tickets include fuzzy printing, rough cuts or perforations, mismatched fonts or the absence of an interlocking "ND" three-dimensional hologram. Be sure to review the front and back of the ticket for anything that looks irregular." More information can be found at http://und.cstv.com/tickets/nd-tickets-fraud.html
Caution is advised with any ticket broker, but particularly with a potential seller that requires wiring money to an account, a check or money order and/or refuses to accept credit card payment or cash on delivery. 'Legitimate' ticket brokers do exist, and do charge a hefty premimum for tickets. Normally, they have a solid customer base, and do not resort to auction sites or message boards, and do not solicit customers via spam emailings. If you plan to use a ticket broker, investigate the legitimacy of that broker. A 'legitimate' broker may have web site, and should be easily contacted by phone. The broker may have a Better Business Bureau listing. BUY AT YOUR OWN RISK.
|8.||Q.||What is the usual cost of 'scalped' tickets ?|
Prices vary widely, depending on the opponent, the weather conditions, the seat location and when you buy the ticket (tickets will certainly be cheaper shortly before and after kickoff).
For most games, tickets CAN be found for face value. Nevertheless, it is not unusual to pay between $100.00 and $300.00 for a seat. For "big" match-ups, prices can be higher.
If you do not want to pay more than the face value of the ticket, your best bet would be to look for people selling tickets ON CAMPUS. Many (most?) alumni will sell their tickets for face value. The University does prohibit ticket resale on University premises; however, this is usually only enforced when the seller is asking for more than the face value. It is against Notre Dame's ticket policy to sell tickets for more than face value.
|9.||Q.||What is the University policy regarding the resale of tickets ?|
It is against Notre Dame's ticket policy to sell tickets for more than face value, with the exception of Alumni Association organizations and other charitable organizations that are sanctioned/approved by the University. The resale of tickets is strictly prohibited on University property. The university does reserve the right to rescind lottery privilidges and to confiscate tickets sold above face value. From Notre Dame's Event Information:
If the resale of tickets is detected on University premises, the tickets will be confiscated and the sellers escorted off the campus by authorities.
Further, ticket priviledges will be revoked from the original holder on record.
The University is making an effort to thwart the resale of tickets. Notre Dame football tickets can be traced to their original owners. A well meaning ticket holder may sell (or give!) their tickets to someone who then sells the tickets for a profit. The original ticket holder is responsible for the ultimate fate of the tickets. SELL AT YOUR OWN RISK.
For the past several years, the University has begun to more actively investigate ticket resale. Their tactics have included the purchase of tickets from brokerage sites and auction sites (such as ebay), undercover gameday operations, and investigating leads reported to the ticket office. As a result, the ticket priviledges of the original owners (more than 3400 people, including >1700 in 2006) are suspended or revoked. The University web site on this matter is http://und.cstv.com/tickets/tickets-resale.html The University encourages the reporting of suspected resale violations to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The University sponsors a ticket consignment, in which you can send unused tickets to the Univerisity, which if sold (which they almost certainly will be!), they will send you a reimbursement for the face value of the tickets. If you have extra tickets and are on campus, the University recommends that you sell them through the Will Call window.
Many (most?) alumni oppose selling tickets for over face value. Check out Andy Budzinski's editorial for a typical alumnus sentiment regarding ticket 'scalping.' A recent South Bend Tribune article investgated the 'scalping' of Notre Dame Tickets, the impact on the fans and the University’s position on ticket resale.
|10.||Q.||What options are there if I cannot obtain a ticket ?|
|A.||The University broadcasts games live on a big screen television inside the Joyce Athletic and Convocation Center (JACC). Several thousand fans watch the game there. There is no admission fee. The Lafortune Student Center, Eck VIsitor's Center and Morris Inn also have several television sets which are freely accessible. There are also several local bars where you can watch the games.|
|11.||Q.||How many tickets for away games does Notre Dame receive ?|
Notre Dame receives at least 5000 tickets for away games. In return, Notre Dame offers the visiting teams 5000 tickets for games played at Notre Dame Stadium.
The University of Michigan had been an exception in that they considered band members to be ticket holders, and therefore provided less than 5000 tickets to fans.
Some opponents provide Notre Dame with more than 5000 tickets if a sell-out is unexpected.
|12.||Q.||How are tickets for away games distributed ?|
Both students and alumni enter separate lotteries for most of the away game tickets. The University also alots a certain amount of these tickets.
In the unlikely event that the University demand for away tickets does not exceed the supply, the University will sell these tickets to the general public. Unsold tickets are returned to the College or University hosting the game.
|13.||Q.||Is this an official University of Notre Dame page ?|
|A.||NO ! Most of the information on this page, however, is gleaned from Official University of Notre Dame publications. Again, neither this page, nor any other pages located on this server, is officially associated with the University of Notre Dame.|
|14.||Q.||Where can I find more information ?|
Check out the following Official University of Notre Dame sites:
|15.||Q.||How do I contact the University's ticket office ?|
|A.||Notre Dame Ticket Office: 574-631-7356|
|16.||Q.||Where on the internet can I find ND ticket classified advertisements and ticket brokers ?|
|A.||Check out the links below.|
|17.||Q.||Do I have tickets for sale ?|
Purchasing and Selling Tickets on the Web:
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