Jan. 12, 2016
By Russell Dorn
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Season passes for the home portion of the 2016 University of Notre Dame baseball schedule at Frank Eck Stadium are now on sale at the Murnane Family Ticket Office located at gate nine of Purcell Pavilion.
The passes are available at a cost of $50 for adults and $30 for youth (college age and younger) and seniors (ages 55 and older), while children ages three and younger are admitted free. In addition, a Fighting Irish “Fan Pack” of four season tickets may be purchased for $120.
A Notre Dame baseball/softball season pass includes admission to not only all 28 scheduled home baseball games but to all 21 scheduled Irish softball home contests as well.
This year, season pass holders will be part of another outstanding slate that features five games against College World Series opponents, 13 contests versus NCAA Regional teams and 15 matchups against Atlantic Coast Conference competition in addition to several midweek matchups with a Midwestern flare.
Six of the home matchups (#6 Miami, #7 LSU, #14 Oregon) are against teams ranked in the D1Baseball.com preseason top 25 poll.
Notre Dame opens its home slate with three consecutive non-conference games against Toledo (March 16), Illinois-Chicago (March 22) and 2015 NCAA Regional foe Oregon (March 31).
ACC home series include Wake Forest (April 1-3), 2015 College World Series team Miami (April 8-10), Boston College (April 15-17), Pittsburgh (May 6-8) and 2015 NCAA Regional team Clemson (May 19-21).
Notre Dame’s annual non-conference home series on its off ACC weekend sees the Irish welcome in Ohio (April 29-May 1), who joined Notre Dame at the NCAA Champaign Regional this past May.
Other non-conference opponents include 2015 NCAA Regional team Michigan (April 5), Valparaiso (April 6), Chicago State (April 12), Central Michigan (April 20) and Eastern Michigan (April 27).
The Irish close out the home non-conference slate with a two-game series against perennial national power and 2015 College World Series team LSU (May 10-11).
Legendary former Irish head coach Paul Mainieri, who led Notre Dame to its latest College World Series in 2002 and racked up a 533-213-3 (.714) record and five BIG EAST Tournament championships in 12 years (1995-2006) under the Golden Dome, leads the Tigers.
Individual game tickets go on sale February 29 at a cost of $5 for adults and $3 for youth and seniors. Students at Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s or Holy Cross will be admitted free when showing a valid student ID, while Notre Dame faculty and staff also will receive free admission with their valid ID and can bring their immediate family along as well free of charge. Both offers are voided once Frank Eck Stadium reaches capacity.
Parking is free of charge at Frank Eck Stadium. More parking is located on the south and north side of Purcell Pavilion. The parking lots can be accessed by entering Edison Road via the south or Bulla Dr. via the north. Fans may also utilize the library parking lot, which is located north of the Joyce Center.
Accessible parking for fans with disabilities is available in the Joyce and Library lots for cars with a state approved license plate or hang tag, on a first-come, first-served basis.
To purchase a season pass or single-game tickets, call the Murnane Family Ticket Office at (574) 631-7356, visit UND.com/BuyTickets to order online or stop by the Murnane Family Ticket Office windows during normal business hours (8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday). Tickets also can be purchased at Frank Eck Stadium on game days.
Special rates are available for groups wishing to attend Notre Dame baseball games in 2016. Besides discounted tickets, groups will have various special opportunities available for certain games such as autograph sessions with Fighting Irish players. For group discount pricing and special opportunity information, contact Rita Baxter in the Murnane Family Ticket Office at (574) 631-4165 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Under the direction of head coach Mik Aoki, a veteran coaching staff and co-captains Lane Richards & James Nevant, the Irish return 20 monogram winners, the entire infield including Rawlings Gold Glove winner Cavan Biggio (2B) and third team all-Atlantic Coast Conference performer Kyle Fiala (3B), their starting catcher in Johnny Bench Award candidate Ryan Lidge and 472.2 of 554.2 innings on the mound in 2016 from a team that went 37-23 overall and finished tied for third during the regular season in the powerful Atlantic Coast Conference before advancing to their first NCAA Regional appearance since 2006.
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Russell Dorn, athletics communications assistant director at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since 2011 and coordinates all media efforts for the Notre Dame volleyball, rowing and baseball programs. A native of Greenwood, South Carolina, Dorn graduated from Furman University in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in history before earning his master’s degree in sports communications from Georgia State University in 2011.