Notre Dame announced in September it had sold out all home games for the season, including Saturday against Miami.
But there’s no guarantee all the seats will be filled.
The teams’ recent struggles and a once-in-a-lifetime World Series matchup could divert Midwestern sporting attention from a once-great football rivalry between the Hurricanes (4-3, 1-3 ACC) and the Fighting Irish (2-5).
The Chicago Cubs, who play two hours from South Bend, are hosting their first World Series games in 71 years the same weekend Miami comes to town. They happen to be playing the Cleveland Indians, whose last championship came in 1948. Cleveland is about four hours from South Bend.
Miami-Notre Dame, the first on-campus meeting of the teams since 1990, kicks off at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Though it should end in time for Game 4, which starts 8 p.m., it’s safe to say Notre Dame fans with Chicago or Cleveland ties – and there are many — may be more interested in the baseball game. (If anyone is traveling to both, reach out. I’d like to talk to you.)
As of Monday evening, Miami-Notre Dame tickets went for as little as $44 on StubHub, with dozens available in the $45-60 range. Notre Dame, which set a price of $150 before the season, had some available on its website. CheapTickets had more available tickets for the Miami game (910) than the Nov. 19 Virginia Tech game (895).
Visiting Miami fans should also be advised that Games 3 and 5 of the World Series are in Chicago. Plan travel accordingly.