ND fans out early for Navy game

South Bend, Ind. Irish fans might have had trouble tuning in to see their team last week – but it appears many were out in full force this week to catch a glimpse of everything they could before the home game against Navy.

Many fans remember that during World War II, the Navy established a training college at Notre Dame’s South Bend Campus – solidifying a now decades-long relationship between the two teams.

“We love the spirit of the pep rally, we love the band, we love the team,” said Anna Marie Collins, who drove down from upstate New York. “But we love the class of the students that are here -- they want to be here and they do the best for their country.”

She and her husband, Jim Collins, have been to every single game since their son started on the football team back in 1993.

“It's an honor to play the service academy,” she said. “It is an honor and I think Notre Dame treats its opponents with respect.”

Friend Renee Chevat was at Notre Dame for the first time.

“This is my first game so I'm coming out here not just to watch football but I just really want to see how this culture wraps its arms around football as a concept,” Chevat said. “It feels like such an extended international family.”

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