By Irv Cuevas     11/19/2018


Hundreds of highly spirited Notre Dame fans will fill Mater Dei High School’s LeVecke Center the evening of Nov. 23 to build excitement for the Notre Dame vs. USC rivalry game at the L.A. Coliseum the next day, Saturday, Nov. 24. 

Sponsored by the Notre Dame Club of Orange County (NDCOC), the event will feature Mater Dei and ND football greats, ND cheerleaders and the iconic team Leprechaun who’ll lead the crowd in famous Notre Dame cheers and be available for photos with fans.  

Former Mater Dei and Notre Dame football star linebacker and team captain Joe Schmidt will emcee the 7 p.m. fan-fest. A family-friendly tailgate party at 5 p.m. precedes the event with hot dogs, pizza, and beverages for sale. 

Admission to the pep rally is $5, with children and current students (including ND students) admitted free.   

Another highlight of the evening:  The ND bookstore will be onsite, opening at 4 p.m., and will have a wide variety of ND clothing and university and team items on sale. 

Mater Dei High School is located at 1202 W. Edinger Ave., Santa Ana.  Parking is Free. Please enter from Edinger Ave. For additional details, visit the NDCOC Website at ndcoc.com.