Saturday's football showdown between Notre Dame and Navy has brought an estimated 35,000 Americans to Dublin for a road game like no other.
But before the big game, a sold-out crowd of Irish fans gathered in the O-2 arena Friday night for a pep rally like no other.
The Notre Dame marching band and cheerleaders got the crowd revved up for Saturday’s match-up with Navy.
They say there are Notre Dame fans all over the world, and it appears thousands came to this arena in Dublin from every corner of the globe.
As far as tomorrow's opponent?
There's respect for Navy from the top down.
"Navy may not have the biggest, strongest, fastest athletes, but they play with discipline, intelligence, and a deep competitive spirit,” said Father John Jenkins, president of Notre Dame. “That's why we're honored to play them. We play the same way. The best outcome will be a Notre Dame victory."
And Newscenter16's Maureen McFadden was among those cheering on the Irish and enjoying the pep rally and Ireland's world class musicians.