Jul 29, 2014, 10:20 AM EDT
It’s 53 degrees in South Bend this morning, and we are just three days away from flipping the calendar to August. It’s safe to say that football season is just around the corner.
Once again, there are a number of marquee games on the Fighting Irish schedule. Among these are Notre Dame’s meetings with Michigan (Sept. 6) and Stanford (Oct. 4), and the Monogram Club is pleased to sponsor football weekend raffles for each of these premier matchups.
Purchasers do not have to be Monogram winners, and this raffle is open to the public. Raffle tickets are $100 apiece, and each grand prize includes two seats for the game, two pre-game field passes, hotel accommodations for Friday and Saturday nights at the Varsity Clubs of America (in Mishawaka), two tickets to the Friday football luncheon, two tickets to the Friday night reception in the Schivarelli Football Players’ Lounge located in Notre Dame Stadium (includes locker room tour), and more. There are 500 tickets per raffle.
Notre Dame vs. Michigan – Sept. 6: The Fighting Irish and Wolverines will meet for the final time in the foreseeable future in a primetime early season contest. The two winningest programs in college football history have met 41 times, including every season since 2002. From Reggie (Ho) to Rocket to Reggie (Brooks), the teams have produced some instant classics throughout the years. In 2012, Notre Dame outlasted Michigan in a defensive battle, 13-6.
UPDATE: The Michigan raffle is now sold out.
Notre Dame vs. Stanford – Oct. 4: A matchup between two of the nation’s top academic and athletic institutions, the Irish and Cardinal will renew their series at the House That Rockne Built in early October. Aside from a two-year hiatus in the mid-90’s, the programs have met every season since 1988. The teams first played in the 1925 Rose Bowl, Notre Dame’s first and only appearance in “The Granddaddy of Them All.” In recent memory, perhaps no Irish game is as memorable as the Cardinal’s last visit to South Bend, when the Notre Dame defense stopped the Stanford offense on four consecutive plays at the goal line, in the midst of an overtime downpour.