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Irish Insights


New path

Notre Dame's home game routine will have a new look in coach Brian Kelly's second season.

Instead of going from the Basilica straight to the stadium, the team will return to the Guglielmino Athletic Complex, the football program's home base, then take a new walk to the stadium.

The details of the new path can be seen at

"I'm always looking at ways to manage all the demands on our players' time during the week," Kelly said of the change. "As you know, it's one of the great unique qualities that we have here at Notre Dame is that there's such pageantry and tradition. We want to maintain that, but we want to make sure that our players get ample time to be focused on football as well.

"So we tweaked the schedule to give our guys a breather before we take that walk, which we're going to continue to do; we think that's a great tradition. I think a lot of it was generated by giving our players a little bit more time. We wanted to do it in a comfortable environment. Instead of doing it at a hotel, which they're at once a week, we wanted to do it here, where we have all of our training aids, offensively our video, and a comfort level that they have being here. So we wanted to create that on game day for our players but not lose out on the great traditions of being in the Basilica and having the walk."