Irish faithful fired up to be back at Frank Eck Stadium for South Bend Regional

The Irish faithful are definitely excited to watch the Domers in person again.
Updated: Jun. 4, 2021 at 11:38 PM EDT
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - Friday wasn’t just big for the Notre Dame baseball team, as the Irish took down Central Michigan 10-0 to win the first game of the South Bend Regional. It was also huge for the fans.

Friday was the first time all season the University of Notre Dame allowed the general public to attend a game at Frank Eck Stadium, and the Irish faithful delivered.

Notre Dame sold out all 1,825 tickets in an hour earlier in the week. The stadium was packed to the brim 40 minutes before first pitch. The fully vaccinated are allowed to be maskless for the entire regional.

“It’s fantastic,” Irish fan Matt Sawicki said. “We come to many football games over the course of the year. Naturally, not last year, but previous to that. Baseball has always been on our radar and we are glad to be here. The combination was priceless. Notre Dame. Perfect day. It’s June. School is almost out. How could you beat it?”

Friday was a long time coming for the Notre Dame fan base, as it was the first sold out sporting event on campus since March of 2020.

“I have a football season ticket,” Notre Dame fan Joe Massa said. “I have a basketball season ticket. Enthused with this but it was really painful being home all the time. Not the same.”

Some fans even flew up all the way from Florida for the South Bend Regional. Former Notre Dame baseball star and current Milwaukee Bucks forward Pat Connaughton had his dad, Leonard, come out as well.

The Irish faithful are definitely excited to watch the Domers in person again.

Notre Dame will play UConn in the winner’s bracket of the South Bend Regional on Saturday at 6 p.m. Fans can watch the game on ESPN3.

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