FSU – NOTRE DAME FAQ


+ MORE INFORMATION & DETAILS TBA

Gameday Excursions will continuously update this section between now and the big Chicago weekend. Please check back periodically for additional times, locations and specifics. Thanks!

+ Check-In / Ticket Pick-up (Chicago)

WHAT DO I NEED FOR CHECK-IN / TICKET PICK-UP?

All tickets/wristbands may be picked up by the original ticket purchaser or the guest listed on the purchase with matching ID.

WHERE / WHEN CAN I PICK UP MY TICKETS?

All tickets / wristbands will be available for primary pick-up on-site prior to the event’s start (all times local).

For Yacht Party (Friday), wristbands will be available in Chicago (DuSable Harbor) prior to yacht departure at 12pm noon.

For Welcome Party (Friday), wristbands will be available in Chicago (Hopsmith) prior to party starting.

For Bus (Saturday), wristbands will be available in Chicago (Division St. Bars) prior to pre-game @9am and departure @11-11:30am CST.

For Tailgate Only (Saturday), wristbands will be available in South Bend (Parisis Restaurante) when the tailgate officially starts @2:30pm EST.

ARE ANY THERE OTHER TIMES / LOCATIONS AVAILABLE FOR TICKET PICK-UP?

Yes, Bus+Tailgate wristbands can be picked up at the following dates and times:

Thursday 11/8, 5:30 - 8:30pm CST: The W Chicago Lakeshore (Lobby)

Friday 11/9, 8:30 - 10am CST: The W Chicago Lakeshore (Lobby)

Friday 11/9, 11:30am - 12pm CST: DuSable Harbor (Entrance to Yacht) - for those attending Yacht Party

Friday 11/9, 4:45 - 6:30pm CST: Hopsmith (Side Entrance) - for those attending Welcome Party

CAN I GET A REFUND OR CHANGE NAMES ON THE TICKETS?

No, unfortunately Sep. 1 was the cut-off date for any refund or name change requests and due to the large volume being serviced and the necessary advanced preparation to ensure a well organized event, Gameday Excursions will not be able to accommodate any transfers or cancellations under any circumstances.

Thank you in advance for your understanding!

+ FSU Yacht Party (Chicago)

WHERE IS THE FSU YACHT PARTY?

DuSable Harbor

200 N. Breakwater Access

Chicago, IL 60601

WHAT IS THE TIMELINE FOR THE FSU WELCOME PARTY?

11:30am – 12pm CST: Check-in w/ID (see ‘Check-In / Ticket Pick-Up’)

12 – 3:30pm CST: FSU Yacht Party w/open bar aboard heated indoor / outdoor yacht with sky deck on the Chicago River / Lake Michigan!

CAN ANYONE JOIN THIS EVENT?

No, this is exclusive to Gameday Excursions Yacht Party attendees and a 21+ event.

+ FSU Welcome Party (Chicago)

WHERE IS THE FSU WELCOME PARTY?

Hopsmith Chicago

15 W. Division St.

Chicago, IL 60610

WHAT IS THE TIMELINE FOR THE FSU WELCOME PARTY?

4:45 – 6:30pm CST: Check-in w/ID (see ‘Check-In / Ticket Pick-Up’)

5 – 8:30pm CST: FSU Welcome Party

CAN ANYONE JOIN THIS EVENT?

No, this is exclusive to Gameday Excursions Welcome Party attendees and a 21+ event.

+ Bus + Tailgate (Saturday, Chicago/South Bend)

WHEN IS GAMEDAY?

Saturday November 10, 2018 (8:45am-1:30am CST)

WHAT IS THE TIMELINE FOR THE BUS+TAILGATE PASSES?

8:45am – 10:30am CST: Check-in w/ID (see ‘Check-In / Ticket Pick-Up’)

9am – 11am CST: Pregame party w/mimosas & bloody marys

11am – 11:45am CST: Buses board and begin departing Chicago

2pm – 3pm EST: Arrive in South Bend

2:30pm – 7:30pm EST: Tented & heated tailgate party w/bottomless beer, catered gameday meal, live entertainment until kickoff.

7:30pm – 11:30pm EST (with game tickets): FSU @ NOTRE DAME, Go Noles!

7:30pm – 11:30pm EST (without game tickets): Game viewing begins on-site at the tailgate (bottomless beer ends, cash bars + food available for purchase).

11:30pm – 12:30am EST: Begin loading and departure from South Bend.

WHERE IS THE PREGAME / BUS DEPARTURE LOCATION IN CHICAGO?

Division St. Bars (Chicago)

15 W. Division St.

Chicago, IL 60610

HOW FAR IS SOUTH BEND TO CHICAGO?

~1hr, 45mins *without traffic.

Due to traffic/gameday variables, we appreciate your patience should timelines get slightly skewed.

WHAT TYPE OF BUSES ARE USED FOR TRANSPORTATION?

Charter motor coaches with lavatories from the most reputable provider in Chicago. We also have Sprinter Bus options as an additional costs for groups of 8+

WHERE IS THE TAILGATE / BUS DROP-OFF LOCATION IN SOUTH BEND?

Parisis Ristorante

1412 South Bend Avanue

South Bend, IN 46617

HOW WILL BUS DEPARTURES WORK?

Everyone will be assigned a bus number (and receive a corresponding wristband) in Chicago and depart accordingly. Coming back from South Bend, buses will be filled first come, first served as soon as the game ends to get everyone back to Chicago as efficiently as possible. Everything will need to be taken off the bus upon arrival in South Bend as the buses will be locked throughout the day.

CAN I BRING ALCOHOL ON THE BUS?

Yes, but no large coolers or glass of any kind will be permitted.

*please be aware that there is a new ordinance in Chicago that does not permit alcohol on buses within the city limits. we have been told that this is not applicable to us since we will not be stopping in the city and going out of state to South Bend. however, this may be enforced differently on the spot based on who happens to show up that day and what mood they are in.

CAN I BRING MY COOLER / ALCOHOL INTO THE TAILGATE?

No, unfortunately the state of Indiana and the catering company we are contracting through do not allow outside beverages to be brought in. Coolers can be left outside the fenced tailgate perimeter.

WILL THERE BE RESTROOMS ON THE BUS & AT THE TAILGATE?

Yes, all buses are equipped with a lavatory on board and numerous port-a-lets will be on-site at the tailgate as well.

WILL THERE BE SEATING AT THE TAILGATE?

Yes, there will be numerous large tables with seating throughout the day.

WILL THERE BE SECURITY THROUGHOUT THE DAY?

Yes, private security as well as off-duty police officers have been hired in Chicago + South Bend to ensure everyone’s safety.

WHAT FOOD WILL BE SERVED?

Catered by South Bend's very own Parisis Restaurante, game day meal includes: Meatballs in tomato con basil sauce + bakery french bread, Bruschetta pomodoro on toast points, Penne pasta in tomato con basil sauce, choice of Italian Sausage or Grilled Chicken, assorted cookies +bottled waters. Food will be served ~2:30 (on bus arrival) – 4pm EST.

Eddy Street Commons (a couple blocks away) has a variety of food options available as well.

WHAT ALCOHOL WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE TAILGATE?

Bottomless Coors Light + Yuengling beers will be served up until kickoff. Throughout the entirety of the day + game viewing, liquor (Titos, Crown, Don Julio, Tanqueray, Jim Beam, Captain Morgans) / mixers and craft beer will be available for purchase.

WILL THERE BE ANY CREDIT / CASH RESTRICTIONS?

Drink tickets can be purchased on-site in South Bend with both cash & credit card.

DOES THIS INCLUDE A GAME TICKET?

We wish! Since we know a lot of people looking forward to the trip won’t have game tickets, we’ll have TVs throughout and play the game at the tailgate.

CAN ANYONE JOIN THIS EVENT?

No, this is exclusive to Gameday Excursions Bus + Tailgate attendees and a 21+ event.

+ Tailgate Only (Saturday, South Bend)

WHEN IS GAMEDAY?

Saturday November 10, 2018 (2:30pm – 11:30pm EST)

WHAT IS THE TIMELINE FOR THE TAILGATE ONLY PASSES?

2:30pm – EST: Check-in w/ ID (see ‘Check-In / Ticket Pick-Up’)

2:30pm – 7:30pm EST: Tented tailgate party w/bottomless beer, catered gameday meal, live entertainment until kickoff.

7:30pm – 11:30pm EST (with game tickets): FSU vs. NOTRE DAME, Go Noles!

7:30pm – 11:30pm EST (without game tickets): Game viewing begins on-site at the tailgate (bottomless beer ends, cash bars + food available for purchase).

WHERE IS THE TAILGATE LOCATION IN SOUTH BEND?

Parisis Restaurant

1412 South Bend Avenue

South Bend, IN 46617

CAN I BRING MY COOLER / ALCOHOL INTO THE TAILGATE?

No, unfortunately the state of Indiana and the catering company we are contracting through do not allow outside beverages to be brought in. Coolers can be left outside the fenced tailgate perimeter.

WILL THERE BE RESTROOMS AT THE TAILGATE?

Yes, numerous port-a-lets will be on-site at the tailgate as well.

WILL THERE BE SEATING AT THE TAILGATE?

Yes, there will be numerous large tables with seating throughout the day.

WILL THERE BE SECURITY THROUGHOUT THE DAY?

Yes, private security as well as off-duty police officers have been hired in Chicago + South Bend to ensure everyone’s safety.

WHAT FOOD WILL BE SERVED?

Catered by South Bend's very own Parisis Restaurante, game day meal includes: Meatballs in tomato con basil sauce + bakery french bread, Bruschetta pomodoro on toast points, Penne pasta in tomato con basil sauce, choice of Italian Sausage or Grilled Chicken, assorted cookies +bottled waters. Food will be served ~2:30 (on bus arrival) – 4pm EST.

Eddy Street Commons (a couple blocks away) has a variety of food options available as well.

WHAT ALCOHOL WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE TAILGATE?

Bottomless Coors Light + Yuengling beers will be served up until kickoff. Throughout the entirety of the day + game viewing, liquor (Titos, Crown, Don Julio, Tanqueray, Jim Beam, Captain Morgans) / mixers and craft beer will be available for purchase.

WILL THERE BE ANY CREDIT / CASH RESTRICTIONS?

Drink tickets can be purchased on-site in South Bend with both cash & credit card.

CAN ANYONE JOIN THIS EVENT?

No, this is exclusive to Gameday Excursions & Old School Tailgate Only attendees and a 21+ event.

 

GAMEDAY EXCURSIONS

OTHER GAMES FAQ


+ Gameday (general FAQ)

WHAT DOES A TYPICAL GAME DAY WITH GAMEDAY LOOK LIKE?

We start off with morning drinks and Dj at a local partner venue and then hop onto high-end coach buses as our pre-game to the tailgates! Rather you make your way to the stadium or stay at our exclusive tailgates, the party and atmosphere is unlike any other.

Saturdays with GAMEDAY are just as much about the experience as the game itself. Everything looks good with GAMEDAY - beautiful guests, the parties and of course, the scoreboard. Go Noles!

+ Tickets/Seating

I WANT TO SIT WITH MY FRIENDS, IS THAT GUARANTEED?

We send out bus assignments the Thursday before each game and make sure you and your friends are all on the same bus. If you know ahead of time friends you want to be with, feel free to send us an email at invite@gamedayexcursions.com.

+ Travel (bus specific FAQ)

DO YOU RIDE IN THOSE SWEET COACHES I’VE SEEN WITH 50+ PEOPLE HAVING A GOOD TIME OR SOMETHING ELSE?

All our coaches are 50+ passenger and equipped with AC, music (duh), and a bathroom! Drinks are allowed on the bus!

CAN I BRING MY COOLER?

Yes, feel free to bring a small cooler for the ride (must fit under bus seat). Larger coolers will not be allowed on the bus and not allowed in most bars or tailgate events.

+ Tailgate

WHAT IS PROVIDED AT THIS TAILGATE?

Each event trip is custom designed based on time of the game, location, and hype. We like to provide a unique experience for each event and plan a fun season throughout!

+ Post-Trip

I LEFT MY CELL PHONE, COOLER, DIGNITY AND RIGHT SHOE ON THE BUS, WHAT DO I DO NOW?

GAMEDAY is not responsible for any left items, however we do make efforts to pick up any left items. You can email us at email@gamedayexcursions.com to see if you got lucky!

+ WELL, THAT WAS AWESOME – WHEN’S THE NEXT TRIP!?

A full schedule of our events is listed on the site. To stay up to date with new events and annouvments follow us on facebook and instagram!

 

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