This year’s Notre Dame-USC game is the second toughest ticket to get in Notre Dame history according to a report from the Associated Press with only last year’s Penn State game having more requests in the annual alumni lottery.
More than 61,000 Notre Dame alumni requested tickets for the school’s Oct. 20 football game against USC, making it the second-most demanded ticket in school history.
The 61,685 tickets sought for the game is second only to the 66,670 alumni ticket requests received for last year’s Penn State game, the school said.
The high demand and the early announcement that the Irish would be wearing the green jerseys in honor og the 1977 team will only add to the hype of this year’s game which would already have been huge after USC’s last trip to Notre Dame (which Jabi so unkindly reminded us of on the board today).
The Michigan State and Boston College games were also among the top 10 most requested games with the Spartans trip to South Bend ranking 7th and Boston College’s ranking 8th. This strikes me as a bit odd since Boston College hasn’t been to South Bend since the 2004 season and with the Irish on a four game losing streak to the Eagles, I would have thought the demand for this game would have rivaled USC this year.
Overall, it seems interest is not as high this year as it is widely felt this would be a rebuilding year for the Irish after the graduations of the likes of Brady Quinn, Jeff Samardzija, Victor Abiamiri, Derek Landri, et al. Still, Notre Dame will return $8.6 million to unlucky alumni who lost out in the lottery which is second only to last year’s record $11.7 million in refunds.
Now entering his third year as head coach for Notre Dame, Weis has been at the helm for the two most demanded seasons for tickets amongst the almuni.