The Notre Dame football team is enjoying its experience in New York City as the Irish prepare to face Rutgers in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx Saturday at Noon.
The Irish spent Christmas together in the Big Apple going to Radio City Music Hall. They've also visited the Empire State Building and went to the top of Rockefeller Center.
On Thursday, Irish coach Brian Kelly and captains TJ Jones, Bennett Jackson and Zack Martin rang in the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange.
"That's probably been the coolest thing," Martin said of ringing the opening bell. "I never really knew the history behind it. I just knew what you see on movies--just a bunch of people running around. It was just very cool to go into that building and to meet the people and to go to the floor and to actually see what goes on."
After their final full practice, the Irish seniors headed to Yankee Stadium for Media Day. The team also had a reception at the home of the Bronx Bombers.
Players raved about the overall experience they've had this week.
"It's been awesome," Irish quarterback Tommy Rees says. "I've never really been to the city outside of one time we played here [in 2010] and then we didn't get see much of the city. We've had a great experience touring the city and [Friday] we are going to Ground Zero, which I'm excited for. Just to be able to share it with the guys and be here for Christmas, a pretty cool experience."
"I've loved it," linebacker Dan Fox says. "We've done a ton of stuff here. [Wednesday night] I was in Time Square and just to be able to do that and walk around with my teammates, was just awesome."
Notre Dame will visit the 9/11 Memorial in Manhattan on Friday morning, then have a walk thru at Yankee Stadium followed by a team photo. Angelo and Jeff will recap those events on NewsCenter 16 at 5 on Friday.