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The tradition continues

October 25-27, 2018



Presented by:

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NOTRE DAME club of san diego

president's notes

Welcome to San Diego!  As the country's second largest Navy town, and home to more than 1,500 Notre Dame alumni, San Diego is a natural fit to host this year's game.  Add to that our first-in-class craft beer industry, mouth-watering taco shops, and abundant sunshine ... we can't wait to share our home with you!!!

Stay Classy, and Go IRISH!

Martin Holguin

President | ND Club of San Diego

Schedule of events

Thursday, october 25

10:00am:  Notre Dame-Navy Golf Tourney  |  Riverwalk Golf Club :: 1150 Fashion Valley Road

  • Shotgun start

  • All golfers receive commemorative gift

  • Team Spirit Prize for best dressed foursome in school colors

  • Opportunities to play with Fighting Irish legends Reggie Brooks, Derek Mayes, Irv Smith, Maurice Stovall and John Carney

6:00-8:00pm:  Kickoff Networking Mixer  |  Social Tap Eatery :: 815 J Street, San Diego, CA 92101

  • Open to all members of the Notre Dame and Navy communities

  • Light hours d'oeuvres

  • No-host bar and menu

  • Sponsored by Diversity Council

  • Cost: Free


5:30-7:30pm: Architecture Alumni Reception | Mister A's, Rotunda :: 2550 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA  92103

  • Featured Guest: School of Architecture Dean Michael Lykoudis

  • Hosted bar (wine and beer)

  • Light appetizers provided

  • Dress code: Fashionable evening attire is acceptable for dinner. For gentlemen collared shirts and slacks are appropriate. Jeans are permitted. Shorts, beach wear, gym attire, athletic apparel, caps, and flip flops are never permitted inside the dining room and outside on the patio.

Friday, October 26

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11:30am-1:30pm: Notre Dame-Navy Quarterback Luncheon | USS Midway, Hangar Bay :: 910 N Harbor Drive

Celebrating 90 years of gridiron rivalry, mutual respect and the unique friendship between our two schools.

  • MC: Ben Higgins (broadcaster, ABC 10 News, Mighty 1090)

  • Guest Speakers: TBA

  • Invited special guests include*:

    • Navy: VADM Ted Carter, Jr. (Superintendent), Chet Gladchuk (Athletic Director), Byron Marchant (President/CEO Alumni Association & Foundation), RADM Tom Lynch, ‘64 (USNA Football Team Captain and former Superintendent)

    • Notre Dame: Jack Swarbrick (Athletic Director), Dolly Duffy (Executive Director, ND Alumni Association), John Huarte (1964 Heisman Trophy Winner), John Carney, Rick Mirer, Aaron Taylor, Reggie Brooks, Irv Smith, Derek Mayes, Kory Minor, Shane Walton, Maurice Stovall, Darius Walker

  • Pre-lunch networking mixer

  • Buffet luncheon

  • Cost:

    • Table of 10: $750 Early Bird Pricing, $850 after 9/30

      • Table purchase includes VIP guest at table

      • Premium location

    • Individual Tickets: $60 Early Bird Pricing, $70 after 9/30

    • Lunch tickets include admission to the USS Midway Museum, perfect for touring the retired aircraft carrier after lunch

  • Sponsorship opportunities available


* Attendance subject to availability


12:00pm: Hesburgh Lecture Series: “Justice Scalia Was Right in Smith: Why the Original Meaning of the Free Exercise Clause Does Not Mandate Exemptions”, Vincent Phillip Munoz, Tocqueville Associate Professor of Religion & Public Life | University of San Diego, Warren Hall, Grace Courtroom | 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110

  • The talk will explore the meaning of religious freedom in the American constitutional tradition and how religious freedom is (and is not) protected by the First Amendment.

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2:30-5:30pm: Fall Crawl (Pub Crawl) | Little Italy

  • Featuring San Diego's world-renown craft beer scene, including stops at Ballast Point, Stone Brewery, others

  • All participants receive ND sunglasses and koozies

  • Raffle drawing

  • Cost: $15 Early Bird Pricing, $20 after 9/30

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6:00-7:00pm: Rally on the Pier | Broadway Pier :: 1000 N Harbor Drive

  • Notre Dame Pep Rally

  • MC and Guest Speakers: TBA

    • Invited special guests include*: John Huarte, Shane Walton, Aaron Taylor, John Carney, Mike Brown (former leprechaun)

  • Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore

  • Cost: Free

* Attendance subject to availability

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Fleet Week Military Ship Tours | Broadway Pier :: 1000 N Harbor Drive

  • Tours of US Navy and US Coast Guard ships will be available during Fleet Week 2018 on a first come, first served basis.

  • Open to the public, visitors must be at least 5 years old to tour ships; strollers, glass, large bags and backpacks will not be permitted on-board.

  • Ships for touring:

    • USCGC Mellon (US Coast Guard)

    • US Navy Ship TBA soon!

Saturday, October 27

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Community Service Event / Mass with (Rev.) Brian Kelly | NAS North Island, Coronado

While Coach Brian Kelly prepares our men for gameday, San Diego's favorite Brian Kelly--Rev. Brian Kelly--will be preparing us spiritually!  What better way to start your day than to tell your friends that you saw Brian Kelly at Mass!!!

  • 9:30-10:15am: Beach clean up

  • 10:30-11:15am: Mass on Breakers Beach

Please note, these events are scheduled to take place on an active military base.  Due to heightened security, advanced registration is required.

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10:00am: Side by Side 5k Run/Walk benefitting Life Perspectives | De Anza Cove, Mission Bay

The Side by Side 5K at De Anza Cove is a great way to kick off game day on Saturday, October 27th. Start your morning with a brisk walk or run along beautiful Mission Bay with friends and family while supporting a great cause. The event benefits Life Perspectives, a nonprofit that provides hope and healing for men and women impacted by pregnancy loss. The Side by Side 5K is the perfect way to let those who may be hurting to know that they are not alone. Notre Dame alum Cort Peters '96 will be on hand to lead the crowd in a pre-race warm-up, plus enjoy live music, prizes, and local vendors.

Notre Dame alumni and friends can use the code: VIP18 for a $10 discount.

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12:00-4:30pm: Irish Fest Tailgate Party | SDCCU Stadium :: Light Pole C2

The ND Club of San Diego will be hosting the official pre-game tailgate party of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish!!!

  • Live music

  • Beer garden, taco carts, BBQ and more

  • Game Stations: Corn hole, washers, oversized Jenga, dunk tank, etc.

  • Meet the Leprechaun and ND cheerleaders (exact time TBD)

  • Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore

  • Cost:

    • Adult Cover: $20 Early Bird Pricing, $25 after 9/30

    • Child Cover (12 and under): $10 Early Bird Pricing, $15 after 10/1

    • Meal Ticket: $10 Early Bird Pricing, $15 after 9/30

    • Drink Tickets: $6 (on site only)


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Three convenient bookstore locations throughout the weekend

  • Thu, 10/25: TBA | Hilton Garden Inn :: 2137 Pacific Hwy

  • Fri, 10/26: 1:30-9:00pm | Broadway Pier :: 1000 N Harbor Dr

  • Sat, 10/27: 12:00-4:30pm | Irish Fest Tailgater

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With heartfelt gratitude for our sponsors!!!

Your generous contributions make this weekend possible.

Presenting Sponsors

Tailgate beverage Sponsors

San Diego Loves ND! Sponsors


Notre Dame-Navy Weekend Sponsorship Opportunities Available

If you're looking to host your group in style and gain some marketing value along the way, we have a host of sponsorship options available for you, including:

  • Weekend Presenting Sponsor

  • Official Tailgate Sponsor

  • Pep Rally Sponsor

  • Tailgate Beverage Sponsor

  • Pub Crawl Sponsor

  • San Diego Loves ND! Sponsorship


rivalry highlights

2017: Navy gave Notre Dame everything it could handle, but the Fighting Irish send their seniors off with a 24-17 win.

2016: Navy beats Notre Dame 28-27 in the nation's longest-running intersectional rivalry, the Midshipmen's fourth victory since 1963.

2015: #15 Notre Dame takes down a previously unbeaten Navy team 41-24.

2014: Notre Dame defeats Navy 49-39.

2013: The Fighting Irish beat Navy 38-34 at Notre Dame Stadium.

2012: The Irish win the first game of the 2012 season 50-10 against Navy at Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland.

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