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Notre Dame and NBC announce television coverage times and football ticket information for 2021 season

Back to back home games in PRIME TIME

USC v Notre Dame Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

There were two separate press releases that went out today regarding the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football schedule with NBC’s coverage, and ticket information for the 2021 season.

I’ve heard several rumors about Notre Dame allowing 100% capacity in the fall, and although they don’t state it specifically in their release, it doesn’t say they’re NOT going to either.

From NBC:


Two Primetime Matchups: “Greatest Intersectional Rivalry” vs. USC (7:30 p.m. ET, Oct. 23) and Against North Carolina (Oct. 30)

Schedule Includes Matchups Hosting Purdue (Sept. 18), 2020 AAC Champions Cincinnati (Oct. 2) and Navy (Nov. 6)

Mike Tirico, Drew Brees and Kathryn Tappen to Call Notre Dame Football on NBC This Season

Notre Dame Blue-Gold Game Streamed Exclusively on Peacock this Saturday, May 1 at 12:30 p.m. ET

STAMFORD, Conn. – Apr. 29, 2021 – NBC Sports today announced the coverage schedule for its unprecedented 31st season broadcasting Notre Dame Football, highlighted by a pair of primetime games versus two programs who finished last season ranked in the top 25: USC and North Carolina. After competing as part of the ACC in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Fighting Irish return to an independent schedule this season.

On Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC, Notre Dame and USC renew the “greatest intersectional rivalry” in college football as the Fighting Irish host the Trojans at Notre Dame Stadium. Notre Dame has won the past three matchups vs. USC, including a 30-27 victory during the Trojans’ last trip to South Bend in 2019.

The following week, on Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC, North Carolina visits South Bend to face Notre Dame for the second-consecutive season, following Notre Dame’s 31-17 win in Chapel Hill on Nov. 27, 2020.

The Notre Dame on NBC season kicks off at 2:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sep. 11, when the Fighting Irish host Toledo, marking the first-ever meeting between the schools. On Sept. 18, Notre Dame faces Purdue at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC. NBC Sports’ Drew Brees, who will serve as a game analyst for Notre Dame football this season and played for the Boilermakers from 1997-2000, placing third in the 2000 Heisman Trophy race, will be in the booth as his alma mater takes the field against the Irish. Brees will be joined by NBC Sports’ Mike Tirico (play-by-play) and Kathryn Tappen (sideline) throughout the 2021 season.

Last year’s American Athletic Conference champion Cincinnati, who finished the season 9-1, visit South Bend on Oct. 2. Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly was the head coach at Cincinnati from 2007-09, compiling a 34-6 record over three season. On Nov. 6, Notre Dame hosts Navy in a rivalry that dates back to 1927. The Fighting Irish, who hold a 79-13-1 advantage in the all-time series, have faced Navy 93 times, more than any other matchup in school history.

The Notre Dame on NBC season concludes on Nov. 20 when the Fighting Irish host Georgia Tech.

NBC Sports’ presentation of the 2020 Notre Dame Football season, its 30th season of Notre Dame Football coverage, posted the network’s most-watched season in 15 years as the Fighting Irish compiled a 10-2 overall record, which included a double-overtime victory against then-No. 1 Clemson in college football’s most-watched game of the 2020 regular season. The Fighting Irish ultimately finished the season No. 5 in the final rankings after earning a berth in the College Football Semifinal at the Rose Bowl. and the NBC Sports app – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs – will stream coverage of all 2021 Notre Dame home games.

From Notre Dame regarding ticket information:

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — In an effort to provide our fans the most up-to-date information surrounding the 2021 football season, the Notre Dame Athletics Department has outlined the ticket sales schedule for Fighting Irish fans.

Prior to any tickets going on sale (i.e. season tickets, alumni lottery, single game), the University will communicate the capacity for Notre Dame Stadium and other campus events surrounding a football weekend (i.e. parking, tailgating, traditions, etc).

  • For those who are currently season ticket members, your renewal information will be distributed via email the week of May 24 (season ticket members who rolled over their 2020 payments will have the amount credited toward their 2021 ticket costs)
  • Notre Dame is currently accepting deposits for new season ticket members. For more information on becoming a season ticket member, visit
  • Eligible Lottery participants will have the opportunity to purchase tickets in early July.
  • Single game tickets will go on sale in mid-August.