Notre Dame announced Tuesday they are providing free tickets to federal employees who are out of work due to the government shutdown to several of their upcoming men's and women's basketball and hockey games.
In a letter signed by men's basketball coach Mike Brey, women's basketball coach Muffet McGraw, and hockey coach Jeff Jackson, they said they wanted to do their part to help the community that has supported them so much.
"We wanted to do something and we needed to give back in some way," McGraw said. "Our fans have been so great for us and I know that our fans would like to do something as well so we're excited that we are able to offer some free tickets. This is all about people not about politics. We really need to help the people in our community and there's so much more we can do and I know that everybody in the community wants to do more, they just don't know how."
"This is a really generous community, I mean they are so involved," McGraw added. "They come out whenever you need them to. They help each other, they support each other. Our fans have been tremendous and what they do for us, how they support us so any chance we have to give back in the community and give something back, we're happy to do it."
Federal employees can receive free tickets to two men's basketball games, two women's basketball games, and two hockey games.
The selected men's games are Sunday, February 10th against Georgia Tech at 6pm, and Tuesday, February 19th against Wake Forest at 7pm.
The women's games are Sunday, February 3rd against Georgia Tech at 12pm, and Thursday, February 21st against Duke at 7pm.
The available hockey games are this Friday, January 25th against Michigan State at 7:30pm, and Tuesday, February 12th against Michigan at 7:30pm.
Federal employees just have to show their federal ID at the box office two hours before each game, and they can receive up to four tickets per game.
They will also receive a voucher for food and drink. They can get a free hot dog or box of popcorn, and a soda or bottle of water.
In the letter, Notre Dame states that the offer will stand for these games even if the government shutdown ends before them.