Below are answers to some questions you may have about Notre Dame football tickets. If you need more information, please feel free to call (574) 631-7356 or visit und.com/tickets .
How does the system work?
Each April, the University sends applications to alumni, parents, and friends eligible to participate based on the financial support of the University as outlined in the Football Ticket Lottery Guidelines .
There are key operating principles that govern how the lottery functions:
- Our mission is to enable as many alumni as possible to return to campus each fall for a football game.
- Approximately 30,000 tickets are designated for the lottery per game.
- As the lottery is conducted, special consideration is given to groups such as special contributors (donors at the $1,500 and above level), contributing members of the monogram club, as well as senior alumni and parents.
If I am not an alum, can I participate in the lottery?
Yes. Notre Dame parents, friends, and the general public can qualify for the lottery as a special contributor.
As an average alumni donor, will my odds for winning increase substantially as I apply for more games?
Each additional game you apply for improves your odds of receiving tickets. We recommend that you apply for as many games as fits your schedule. However, you do not have to apply for every home game in order to have an opportunity to win tickets.
Will alumni contributing at the minimum level primarily have access to the lower demand games and not “big games”?
Applications submitted by alumni supporting the University at the minimum gift level always have a chance to win the “big games.”
I recently heard that joining the Sorin Society will increase my odds of winning in the lottery. If I join, by how much will my odds increase?
Fully sustained members of any annual giving society are eligible to participate in the lottery as special contributors. Special contributors are those individuals who support the University at the annual giving level of $1,500 or more – usually through the Sorin Society or any one of the University’s other recognition societies. Special contributor applications have improved chances for success to multiple home games in the lottery.
What gifts count toward eligibility?
Any gift made directly to the University of Notre Dame–whether to the Annual Fund, as a payment on a pledge, or to any University program–is considered toward eligibility. Corporate matching gifts and ticket rights fees (Building Fund) do not count toward eligibility.
What is a special contributor?
Special contributors are individuals who make an annual gift of $1,500 or more to the University, typically through a recognition society. Alumni, parents, friends, and the general public may participate as special contributors. Special contributors enjoy improved chances for success in the lottery.
As an alum, did my odds for winning tickets in the alumni lottery decrease because ND also sells season tickets?
No. The season tickets do not come from those utilized for the annual football alumni lottery. They come from annual season ticket attrition.
If I choose to participate in the lottery by making an annual gift to the University, can I also purchase season tickets?
Yes, you can choose to apply for season tickets AND continue to participate in the general alumni ticket lottery if your support of the University meets the minimum annual donation requirements as outlined in the ticket lottery guidelines. (Please note that contributions made toward ticket rights fees (Building Fund) do not count toward the annual ticket lottery minimums.)
Are there plans to offer parking passes for sale at this time?
The location and distribution of parking passes are reviewed annually. We do not anticipate offering additional on-campus parking passes at this time.
How does someone not affiliated with the University apply for the season ticket lottery?
You say alumni, parents, and friends get first choice; what does that mean for the general public?
If the University does not sell out the tickets to people with a direct affiliation with Notre Dame – such as alumni and donors –we will make remaining tickets available to the general public through the annual season ticket lottery. Also, the general public can become Friends of the University by joining one of our recognition societies.
If I am successful in obtaining season tickets, will I have an opportunity to renew them in future years?
Yes. Notre Dame football season tickets obtained from the season ticket lottery waiting list will have the option to be renewed annually, as long as all terms, conditions and policies set forth by the University are complied with.
All Notre Dame tickets are a revocable license, the University reserves the right to revoke the license at any time.
When do I have to pay for the season tickets?
Payment for the tickets and rights fee will be due in full at the time of renewal each spring.
For individuals who are interested, a rights-fee pre-payment option may be offered (details will be enclosed with the January season ticket lottery application). One of the benefits offered to those who exercise this option be a right to transfer the tickets one time during the duration of the prepay period.
All Notre Dame tickets are a revocable license, the University reserves the right to revoke the license at any time. I am required to send the University an upfront deposit for the face value of the tickets for all of those I apply for through the lottery.
Does the University make a significant amount of interest on those deposits?
Actually, the University does not generate significant revenue from lottery deposits. Due to the high costs of running the annual lottery and the way deposits and refunds are financially structured, we do not receive any significant interest.
If I choose to purchase new season tickets, is the rights fee considered a contribution to the University?
In accordance with the policies for existing season ticket holders, the rights fee is considered a donation to the University that is 80 percent tax deductible. In addition, contributions made toward rights fees do not count toward annual giving recognition society memberships or the minimum annual donation required to participate in the general alumni ticket lottery.
Are “preferred/gold” seats for sale?
Not at this time.