At long last, it’s time to cheer, cheer for old Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish will kick off their season at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, vs. Duke at Notre Dame Stadium. 

But with crowds limited and tailgating in the shadow of the stadium prohibited, there’s only one alternative: Tailgate at home! 

Stock up on your supplies for a Well Crafted at-home tailgate (and support a local business at the same time): 

Butcher preparing ribs at Old Hoosier Meats in Elkhart County

For the grill 

From brats to smoked and fresh meats, your tailgate will be a mouthwatering delight with the perfect array of items for the grill from Old Hoosier Meats and John’s Butcher Shop. 

 

Six beers of various styles in front of the tap at Goshen Brewing Company

Quench your thirst 

Be ready for any beer drinker’s tastes with growler or crowler fills from Goshen Brewing Company’s extensive tap list,

 

Three different flavors of popcorn in a tine from Shirley's Popcorn

Crunch time 

With 15 flavors to choose from, Shirley’s Popcorn can give your tailgate popcorn bar the full range of savory and sweet. Have you had their Chicago-style popcorn? Just wow! 

 

Excited children looking at pies in a display case at Das Dutchman Essenhaus

The big finish 

Score a touchdown with any of Das Dutchman Essenhaus’ selection of more than 30 pies, cookies, and rolls, all handcrafted for you locally. 

 

Orange and Green painted chairs and table from B&L Woodcraft on a decorative concrete patio

Good seats 

Need to up your game for patio furniture? B&L Woodcrafts can set you up with custom-made outdoor chairs and tables. You can even pick the colors to match your favorite team! 

 

The schedule 

Plan your fall tailgating with Notre Dame’s schedule of home and away games: 

  • Saturday, Sept. 12, 2:30 p.m., Notre Dame vs. Duke 
  • Saturday, Sept. 19, 2:30 p.m., Notre Dame vs. South Florida 
  • Saturday, Sept. 26, time to be announced, Notre Dame at Wake Forest 
  • Saturday, Oct. 10, 7:30 p.m., Notre Dame vs. Florida State 
  • Saturday, Oct. 17, 2:30 p.m., Notre Dame vs. Louisville 
  • Saturday, Oct. 24, time TBA, Notre Dame at Pittsburgh 
  • Saturday, Oct. 31, time TBA, Notre Dame at Georgia Tech 
  • Saturday, Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m., Notre Dame vs. Clemson 
  • Saturday, Nov. 14, time TBA, Notre Dame at Boston College 
  • Friday, Nov. 27, time TBA, Notre Dame at North Carolina 
  • Saturday, Dec. 5, time TBA, Notre Dame vs. Syracuse