Sept. 1, 2010

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – There’s a whole new look to the Notre Dame Football Kickoff Luncheons held on the Friday prior to each Irish football home game.

The luncheons will still be held in the north dome of the Joyce Center – but there will be a different master of ceremonies each week, there’s a brand new set on stage, and luncheon guests will have the chance to ask questions of Irish head coach Brian Kelly.

ISP Notre Dame Football Radio Network play-by-play personality Don Criqui will be the host for the Purdue luncheon Friday. Guests will include South Bend/Mishawaka Convention and Visitors Bureau executive director Rob DeCleene, former Irish All-American Mike McCoy (he’s being honored at halftime of the game Saturday based on receiving the 2010 Nagurski “Legends” Award), Irish senior cornerback Darrin Walls and Kelly. Guests from week to week will include a selection of Irish players and assistant coaches in addition to Kelly, as well as other special guests.

WHME sports director Bob Nagle will coordinate three luncheon guests each week that each will ask a question on a live basis of Notre Dame’s head coach.

Tickets remain on sale for seven luncheons for the 2010 season. Those events are slated for noon Eastern time on Sept. 3 (Purdue), Sept. 10 (Michigan), Sept. 24 (Stanford), Oct. 8 (Pittsburgh), Oct. 15 (Western Michigan), Oct. 29 (Tulsa), and Nov. 12 (Utah) in the north dome (field house) of the Joyce Center.

Tickets are $23 each and can be ordered by writing to Athletics Business Office, 112 Joyce Center, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 456556. Checks can be made payable to University of Notre Dame. There is a $3 handling fee per order. There are 10 seats per table. There’s also a ticket order form available in PDF format by CLICKING HERE.

Parking is available south of the Joyce Center. Entrance is at Gate 1 of the Joyce Center.

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