South Bend's Michigan Street temporarily renamed "Fighting Irish Drive"

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) To die hard Notre Dame football fans, "Michigan" is a bit of a dirty word this week.

So Michigan Street in downtown South Bend has been temporarily renamed Fighting Irish Drive.

“The last time we played Michigan was 2014, I had to find a way to watch the game at a ridiculous hour I think it was 2:00 in the morning in Kabul which took a lot of effort. It’s going to be a lot easier this time now that I’m in South Bend and so is the game,” said South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

On Friday, the City will turn the river lights green as another way to mark the start of another Notre Dame football season.