Larry’s love of Notre Dame football started at an early age, watching his uncles rooting for the Irish! We also learned that his grandmother was born in South Bend, which gave him a special tie to the area.
Blue Gold Game 1994
This was the beginning of our travels to Notre Dame University! Our friends, John and Dana, invited us to join them on a weekend trip to South Bend to see the Fighting Irish play their spring scrimmage football game. We went, and have been going as often as we can, every spring afterwards.
We were able to glimpse the Golden Dome from the turnpike, but this was our first real proof that we had arrived at the University of Notre Dame!
We were fortunate and had a lovely spring day, perfect for strolling around the campus.
Time for some football! The Blue Gold game was played at Notre Dame stadium on April 23, 1994. The team was coached by Lou Holtz, and Ron Powlus stepped on the field at ND for the first time, as quarterback.
Notre Dame’s record for the 1994 season was 6 wins, 5 loses and 1 tie (with Southern Cal on November 26, 1994).
After the game, we walked around campus some more. Here we are, sitting in front of the Morris Inn.
Larry with our friends John and Dana on the campus of Notre Dame!
Here’s a photo of Notre Dame Avenue, leading toward the Golden Dome.
And this is the view looking in the other direction, toward the stadium. You can see “Touchdown Jesus” from this vantage point.
Right across the street from where I took the early photo was the Cedar Grove Cemetery, which we — of course — had to check out.
In the cemetery, we found the grave of Edward “Moose” Krause and his wife Elise.
It was getting dark while we were still in the cemetery, when we noticed the Golden Dome in the distance.
We took a walk around St. Marys Lake. The dome, along with it’s reflection, were clearly visible from many vantage points.
We went inside the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, which is on the campus of the University. We were in awe of the incredibly beautiful altars and furnishings in the church.
While in South Bend, we also visited the grave of Knute Rockne. He is buried in Highland Cemetery, which is a few miles west of the campus. His widow decided to bury him in Highland Cemetery, instead of Cedar Grove because, at the time Knute died in 1931, the families were responsible for cutting grass and maintaining any graves in Cedar Grove cemetery, or they would be charged a maintenance fee.
When I think of our first visit to Notre Dame, this is one of the things that always sticks in my mind. Pulling up for the first time and seeing those huge letters — N D — planted in beautiful purple flowers!
Blue Gold Game 2009
We had some lovely weather in 2009 when we made our trek to Notre Dame. It gave us the opportunity to enjoy yet another stroll around campus.
This is a statue of Edward “Moose” Krause which can be found in front of the Joyce Center. Coach Krause is looking toward the stadium. Moose Krause was an athlete while a student at Notre Dame, who then went on to become head coach as well as athletic director. This bronze sculpture was created by Jerry McKenna, a 1962 Notre Dame graduate. The sculpture was dedicated on September 17, 1999.
If you’re a Notre Dame football fan, I’m sure you’re familiar with Touchdown Jesus!
“Touchdown Jesus” is a mural created on the Hesburgh Library. It’s a 132 feet high and made out of 80 different types of stone. It was a gifted to the University by Mr. and Mrs. Howard Phalin.
2016 Blue Gold Game
We had snow here in Northeast Ohio the weekend before we left for the South Bend, so we were thrilled to see the forecast: upper 60s and lower 70s — sunny and dry in South Bend! When we arrived on campus, the sun was shining brightly on the Golden Dome!