NOTRE DAME – There’s nothing quite like a gorgeous parking lot sunrise over port-a-potties to set the mood for Irish tailgaters. Thousands of fans braved the heat and humidity to tailgate before kickoff Saturday. The season opener marked plenty of tradition, but there were also a few changes fans looked forward to embracing.
“It gets better and better every year,” said South Bend resident Patti Hoskins. “My kids are standing at the end of my bed at 6 a.m., jumping up and down saying, 'It's Irish, it's time to go!'”
Family and friends combined with food and fun added up to pre-game attitudes that just might be a bit more optimistic this season.
“I think everybody’s on board for Coach Kelly to charge up the troops and the fans alike,” said tailgater Dan Morrow.