Do you miss football season? We understand. The good news is there's an opportunity to catch the Fighting Irish in-person during the offseason! Notre Dame hosts its annual Blue-Gold Game at 1 p.m. April 23. It's a great chance to watch some football, enjoy campus and explore The Bend for a weekend in the offseason.

Get your tickets to the game then use this guide to put together a weekend itinerary.

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Make it a Notre Dame Sports Weekend

Go all-in on Notre Dame athletics during the Blue-Gold Game weekend by attending more games. Entry to these sports are FREE. Notre Dame baseball hosts Wake Forest at Frank Eck Stadium for a three-game series. They play at 5 p.m. Friday, April 22 and 1 p.m. Sunday, April 24. There's a game at 2 p.m. Saturday too.

Notre Dame softball hosts North Carolina at Melissa Cook Stadium for a three-game series as well. Games are 5 p.m. Friday; 1 p.m. Saturday; noon Sunday. The women's soccer program plays Ball State at Alumni Stadium at 6:30 p.m. Friday. 

Watch the South Bend Cubs

If you're into the sports theme, visiting Four Winds Field (one of the best stadiums in Minor League Baseball) for a South Bend Cubs game is a must. Games are scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Friday, 4:05 p.m. Saturday and 2:05 p.m. Sunday. Fireworks will take place after Friday's game, plus there are other promotions throughout the weekend.

Shop for Gameday Gear

There's no better place to load up on Notre Dame apparel than the Hammes Bookstore. You can visit the one on campus at the Eck Visitors Center or across Angela Boulevard in Eddy Street Commons. Either way, they have an amazing selection gear.

Explore Notre Dame Campus Landmark

Don't limit yourself to visiting campus only for the Blue-Gold Game. Take some time to walk around — spring is a wonderful time to explore the other campus landmarks. Start with the Main Building to see its Golden Dome. Make sure to visit the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Hesburgh Library (you have to snap a photo in front of Touchdown Jesus!) and all the other popular spots. 

Where to Eat and Drink

Soak up some gameday atmosphere by eating near campus on Saturday. Brothers Bar + Grill, BRU Burger Bar and O'Rourke's Public House are popular options at Eddy Street Commons. Rohr's is right on campus inside the Morris Inn. Make sure to say hi to Murf behind the bar. Taphouse on the Edge is a great sports bar nearby. 

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