Notre Dame Florida clubs have events in store for Irish football fans

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For fans traveling to Saturday night’s college football showdown between No. 2 Florida State and No. 5 Notre Dame, the ND clubs of Tallahassee and Miami have finalized game weekend plans for this weekend.

ND clubs of Tallahassee and Miami co-sponsored events range from Thursday night's "ND on the Road" (info on ND Admissions activities), to scholar presentations, receptions, tailgate-themed events, and the pre-game Saturday afternoon Mass.

Details for the weekend's events, along with registration for the Friday evening reception and Saturday afternoon tailgate, are found using the link below.

Registration is encouraged for several of the events, including the Friday evening reception (steps from the Old and New Capital, and adjacent to the world-famous Downtown Get Down Friday night celebrations), and the official ND Club tailgate at the Civic Center (co-sponsored by the ND Club of Jacksonville, and the ND Alumni Diversity Council). The ND Bookstore will have a presence throughout the weekend, so you can purchase items to display your ND loyalty proudly.

The Catholic Student Union (CSU) of Florida State University is offering parking spaces for the game, which can be purchased in advance. Go to the following website and scroll to activate the link to purchase parking spaces.

The CSU will hold all-day events on their grounds (St. Thomas More parish, adjacent to FSU's campus, starting at 9am on game day), including the Saturday afternoon Mass. The Mass will be celebrated by the Bishop of the Pensacola Diocese, Bishop Gregory Parkes, at the Co-Cathedral of St. Thomas More. This event hosts the ND Band and friends (over 415 members), and is one not to miss. The Mass fulfills your Sunday obligation. Food will be available for purchase on the grounds. Funds raised support CSU and their goals.

No game ticket? No problem! Game watches are being organized for St. Thomas More's Social Hall (featuring a big-screen TV), the Four Points Sheraton Hotel on Tennessee St. (poolside and at the bar), and the Aloft Hotel (Tennessee and Monroe St.).

For our visitors, check out Tallahassee's Midtown and College Town areas, the state capital and complex buildings, along with Palisades Park. Two restaurants this author likes are Merv's (the place to see and be seen on game weekend), one block from the Civic Center and adjacent to FSU's campus, near Railroad Square, and Earley's Kitchen on South Monroe St. (good Southern heritage cooking).

Joe Hurd ND '82, Co-Founder, Univ. of ND ASC/AVC - Tallahassee

It's not the Game of the Century a la 1993, but the latest renewal of Notre Dame-Florida State, Saturday night in Tallahassee, brings plenty of hype -- and activities for Irish fans. (AP File Photo/JOHN SWART)