College football season winds down at the end of autumn, but that doesn’t mean the Irish stop fighting! Notre Dame winter sports get the spotlight from mid-fall through February. Notre Dame fans delight in watching men’s basketball, women’s basketball, and ice hockey all winter long! Be sure to visit South Bend, Indiana, during the winter sports season. This time of year is less trafficked than football season, which means you can get into your favorite bar or restaurant during a game weekend with little to no wait! These sports also serve as an exciting indoor escape from the chilly weather this time of year in South Bend. Discover more things to do during the winter in South Bend with the help of our complimentary Vacation Guide!
Top 3 Notre Dame Winter Sports
Notre Dame Fighting Irish Men’s Basketball
In a recent poll, Notre Dame ranked No. 1 for combined win statistics for football and basketball. That’s just the beginning of why you need to visit South Bend during basketball season! The Fighting Irish basketball roster features a variety of talent.
From true freshman to grad students, the team is diverse with talent and vibrant with attitude! Mike Brey, the team’s head coach has lead this team for nearly 20 years. With an experienced coach and talented players, all this team needs is an enthusiastic crowd at the games! Check the 2019-2020 Fighting Irish men’s basketball schedule to select which game you will attend.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish Women’s Basketball
The Notre Dame women’s basketball team has a longstanding history of success under the leadership of head coach Muffett McGraw. This coach has led the team for more than 30 seasons.
Be sure to come to attend a home game at the Purcell Pavillion during your time in South Bend! A women’s basketball game at Notre Dame is a great way to get acquainted with Notre Dame winter sports. Don’t forget to check the schedule!
Notre Dame Fighting Irish Ice Hockey
Hockey is a big deal in the Midwest! Fun fact: a large percentage of professional hockey players are originally from Minnesota. Luckily, 11 Notre Dame ice hockey team members are from Minnesota. Right now, the team is ranked No. 3 in the country! The ice hockey team plays all of their home games on-campus at the Compton Family Ice Arena. This venue holds more than 5,000 fans, so rest assured that you can secure a ticket to almost any Notre Dame hockey game you wish. Check the full schedule for game dates and times!
Score a Stay at the Oliver Inn
The Fighting Irish offer visitors exceptional sporting events each season! Whether you’re a seasoned fan or simply want to experience the comradery of college sports, attending a Notre Dame winter sports event is a great option. Or, watch the games live at one of these bars in South Bend!
Book your stay at the Oliver Inn while you’re visiting South Bend! Our South Bend, Indiana, bed and breakfast is just 2.5 miles from Notre Dame, so you can easily travel to and from sporting events on campus. Our Clem Studebaker Room is the perfect accommodation for any traveler! This room offers a stunning view of the Tippecanoe Place Restaurant located adjacent to The Oliver Inn, and features a king-size bed, gas fireplace, a private bathroom with a claw foot tub and a spa shower, as well as luxurious linens and amenities.
Check our availability and book your winter trip to South Bend!