Sports teams from Notre Dame University are known as the Fighting Irish. They compete in NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Division I in ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference). From 1983-1986 and from 1988-1995 they were competing in the Horizon League. Through season 2012-2013 they were competing in the Big East Conference. According to some researches, University of Notre Dame promotes Muscular Christianity through their athletic programs.
Men can practice: swimming & diving, track & field, fencing, lacrosse, baseball, basketball, football, ice hockey, golf, cross country, tennis and soccer. Women’s sports are: soccer, lacrosse, rowing, basketball, fencing, softball, track & field, swimming & diving, volleyball, cross country, tennis and golf. Men’s ice hockey team competes in Hockey East. Fencing teams are part of the Midwest Fencing Conference. Since their inception, in 1887, football teams compete in Football Bowl Subdivision.
The official colors of the Fighting Irish are blue and gold. In addition, they wear a green color sometimes, because of their nickname. Their name was used from the 20’s. It was popularized by Francis Wallace in New York Daily News columns. On their home games, their music band plays their fighting song, Notre Dame Victory March. It was named as the most famous song by Northern Illinois University’s Professor William Studwell. This tradition started in 1846 and never was changed. Music band was honored by the National Music Council.
The revenue of their sport department is unknown, because Notre Dame is a private university. Football matches are the most popular sport at the University. Average attendance per home match is 80.795. For men’s basketball is just 8.200! On this University, students can get a full-paid contract with the football team!
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