A Saturday tradition that gives fans an up-close-and-and personal experience with the team, the player walk is the team’s procession from the Gug to the stadium before the game. Fans swarm the sidewalks from the library all the way to the stadium to catch a glimpse of, get a high five from, and encourage the team before they enter the locker room before the game.
The players are focused on the task at hand, giving the procession a bit of edge and intensity that is enough to get most fans pumped up and ready for some football. The Irish guard and the Fighting Irish band lead the team and coaches with bagpipes and the fight song. Visiting recruits join the procession, giving them a glimpse of just how faithful and supportive the Notre Dame Fighting Irish fans are, and player families bring up the rear. When it’s the Notre Dame football team we’re talking about, players’ families may even include a celebrity or former pro athlete. The player walk embodies the pageantry surrounding college football that so much of us love, and the tradition that draws so many of us to Notre Dame. It’s an experience that any fan, die-hard or casual, old or young, will enjoy.