1. Heritage Hall
Take some time before the game to check out Heritage Hall. Heritage Hall, located near section 109, is home to trophies from a variety of different sports. It’s a must-see for any Notre Dame or college sports fan, so arrive early and check it out.
2. Cheer, Cheer For Old Notre Dame Sign
When arriving at the Joyce Center, take a look at the Cheer, Cheer For Old Notre Dame sign. The sign sets the tone for the game and does a good job of greeting fans as they enter the arena.
3. The Leprechaun
The Leprechaun entertains the crowd and keeps the energy high at every Notre Dame basketball game. He’s a big part of any Fighting Irish sporting event, so be on alert for the Leprechaun at the game.
Hanging from the rafters of the Joyce Center are banners honoring all of the Fighting Irish basketball team’s accomplishments. The banner honoring Notre Dame’s 1978 Final Four run is the focal piece, so take a minute to view the banners and remember all of your favorite Fighting Irish basketball memories.
5. Notre Dame-Boston College Rivalry
Notre Dame and Boston College have a fierce rivalry that dates back to the two schools days in the Big East. The rivalry is more intense on the gridiron, but there are still lots of bragging rights on the line when the Fighting Irish and Eagles meet on the hardwood. Don’t miss it when BC comes to town as you’ll be in for a treat.
6. Notre Dame Pep Band
The Fighting Irish have tons of school songs, which helps set the tone and create a fantastic atmosphere inside the Joyce Center. The pep band does an excellent job of playing all of these tunes and creating a fun atmosphere, so enjoy the music of the pep band when attending a Notre Dame basketball game.
The Notre Dame cheerleaders pump up the crowd with their cheers and do a good job of getting everyone up and out of their seats at crucial times. Join in on the cheers and chants inside the arena to get the full Notre Dame game day experience.
8. Notre Dame-UCLA Rivalry
The rivalry between Notre Dame and UCLA began in the 1970s when the two schools would play a home-and-home series. The rivalry’s most famous matchup came during that period when the Fighting Irish ended the Bruins 88 game unbeaten streak in 1974. While the rivalry may not run as hot as it did back then, you’ll still experience a great game when attending a Notre Dame-UCLA basketball game.