Graduate Alumni Tailgates break records

Author: Adrienne Bogacz


Football players aren’t the only members of the Notre Dame family breaking records this season.

A crowd of 1,175 – the largest ever – ignored the heat to attend the Sept. 3 Mendoza College of Business graduate alumni tailgate before the South Florida game. The Michigan State tailgate on Sept. 17 also had a great turnout, with more than a thousand Irish fans awaiting the team’s victory.

“The Mendoza Graduate Alumni tailgates have become a part of the football experience tradition for many of our alumni and their families,” said Mary Goss, senior director of the MBA program. “It is a perfect opportunity to reconnect with classmates, faculty and staff and enjoy some good food before heading over to the game.”

A sea of blue, gold and green shirts filled the Mendoza courtyard and atrium as alumni, faculty, staff and students gathered to eat traditional tailgate fare, enjoy a game of cornhole and visit with one another. Alumni said they especially enjoyed the opportunity to reconnect with classmates and friends and to get to know current graduate students in the College.

Several dozen members of the John Cardinal O’Hara Society, which sponsors the tailgates, were in attendance at both events. The O’Hara Society recognizes and thanks those members of the Notre Dame family who provide the business school’s MBA and Executive MBA graduate programs with a high level of annual support. The O’Hara Society provides funding for fellowships and the Interterm Intensive Program for current students and for expanded events and services for graduate alumni.

Tailgates for all home games take place in the Naimoli Courtyard of the Mendoza College of Business and begin three hours before kickoff.  They end one hour before game time. Online registration is $5 per person for alumni and their guests and $10 per person for those who register at the door. Admission is free for O’Hara Society members and guests. To learn more about and to register for upcoming tailgates, visit