Planning South Bend Visit

Editor’s Note: This article is part of a continuing series of a Subway Alumn’s (my) first ever trip to South Bend, Indiana to both spend time in and around the University of Notre Dame on a football weekend and attend a game in person. To view all of the article in this series, simply select the following link to the Notre Dame page on our web site

What better place to start planning a trip than to obtain free information, right?

So, a week or so ago both Harvey and I separately use the South Bend / Mishawaka Convention and Visitors Bureau web site to obtain any information we could get our hands on about South Bend, Indiana.

Here is what I received: 

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Now, the 23 page Around the Bend main brochure in the above picture was pretty typical, yet useful, visitors bureau from most cities.

Being a first time visitor to the area I liked the area maps on pages 14 and 15. I was able to find the location of our accommodations for the week (Varsity Clubs of America) and saw that it is only about a mile and a half from the University of Notre Dame, Holy Cross College and Saint Mary’s College campus’. In fact all we need to do is take Edison Road from our accommodations and it will take us directly to the south part of these campus’ and right to Notre Dame Avenue.


The smaller brochure on the left is of the South Bend Chocolate Company. Perhaps this is really sweet! icon smile Planning South Bend Visit

The brochure on the right for the College Football Hall of Fame was very interesting. There are more exhibits than I was aware.

My favorite is what they call Stadium Theatre which is described as follows within the brochure:

Start your tour here! Enter during the 10-minute pre-game show and find yourself on the stadium amid players, cheerleaders and fans. Watch as 106,000 people fill the stadium; then take your seat for an exciting, 12-minute feature that combines the thrills and pageantry of college football.

From the brochure, the Stadium Theatre seems to be similar to the Oh Canada theatre and show within the Canadian pavilion at Walt Disney World’s Epcot Center which has a 360 degree movie screen. Here it seems to be many different movie screens which do cover 360 degrees. Additionally, it does appear that the floor of the Stadium Theatre is presented as if you are on the sidelines of a football stadium with a few players’ benches, the yard lines, etc.

Very cool.

While I watch college football all the time (when I can, that is icon wink Planning South Bend Visit   ), Harvey does not. His interests lie more in the N.F.L. Hopefully this and all of the exhibits in the College Football Hall of Fame will change his mind.

Of course, I’ll be on the lookout for the Notre Dame coaches and players who are enshrined therein.

The excitement continues to build.

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