Notre Dame wins Shamrock Series game
Katie McCarty | Sunday, September 14, 2014
Notre Dame students and fans traveled to Indianapolis Saturday for the 2014 Shamrock Series game versus Purdue.
The game, which was held at Lucas Oil Stadium, ended well for the Irish, who beat the Boilermakers of Purdue, 30-14.
“The stadium is a big pro stadium, which makes the atmosphere different from Notre Dame Stadium,” she said. “It was a really cool venue for the Shamrock Series.”
Junior Julia Zanotelli said the proximity to South Bend made the game more accessible to students.
“We drove, and it only took about 2 and a half hours,” Zanotelli said. “The game being so close contributed to a lot of students being able to attend, which made for a great student section.”
Junior Andrew Cusator said the tailgating was was a highlight of the day.
“The pregame atmosphere was second only to the main lot outside Notre Dame Stadium,” he said. “It was a great time with family and friends.”
Pinkelman said the night game added to the excitement.
“Night games have a whole different atmosphere than day games, and this game was no exception,” she said. “Just like the Michigan game, the night adds an extra amount of hype. It made the stadium more charged with energy.”
Junior gold squad Notre Dame cheerleader Lizz Weir, said the trip to Indianapolis was fulfilling for the whole team.
“Notre Dame did a great job planning the Shamrock series this year,” she said. “The weekend was so much fun and Indy was a really great atmosphere.
“There was so much to do and the energy from all the fans before the game was something I cannot imagine happening at any other school. From fan festivals to parades to pep rallies, the cheerleaders were all over the place this weekend, but we enjoyed every second of it.”
Zanotelli said there were definitely more Irish fans in the stands, but there was a good presence from Purdue as well.
“I think it really helped being that both schools are in Indiana that there was a large showing from both teams at the game,” she said.
Sophomore Noelle Gooding said the game itself was entertaining to watch.
“Beating Purdue and moving up to 3-0 for the season made for a good time on Saturday,” she said.