Friday Focus

Justin Tuck returns to give back, "The Shirt" to be unveiled on campus Friday at 5:45, and a few things fans might need to know for Saturday's annual Blue Gold game.

Former Notre Dame defensive end and current New York Giants DL Justin Tuck will serve as the honorary captain and speak with the team tonight and toss the coin in tomorrow's pre-game.

But Notre Dame media relations announced the all-time sack master in South Bend has another reason for returning to town. Tuck authored a children's book, "Home-Field Advantage" and will be reading to students at Monroe Primary School on the south side of South Bend today.

He and his wife, Lauran, established R.U.S.H. for Literacy to encourage children to "read, understand, succeed, and hope." Since 2008, R.U.S.H. for Literacy has raised funds to donate books and reading material to children in New York and Central Alabama (Tuck played high school ball at Central Coosa County in Kellyton, Ala.)

Tuck will also do a book-signing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Notre Dame Hammes Bookstore prior to the spring game.

Need to Know

A few spring game facts for fans planning to attend Saturday afternoon. Kick-off is at 1:30 ET. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for those 18 and under. Funds from the Blue-Gold Game go to the Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley to help with scholarship dollars for local high school seniors. Gates A, B, C, and E will open at 10:30 ET. Internet coverage of the Blue-Gold Game will again be found at UND.com. The game will be broadcast by the NBC Sports Network. The announcers for the game are Paul Burmeister (play-by-play), Mike Mayock (analysis) and Alex Flanagan (sideline).

  • The offense will wear blue; the defense white, in the unique scrimmage format.

  • An alumni flag football game is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. at Notre Dame Stadium, weather permitting. Fans may use their Blue-Gold game ticket to watch the game. Former Notre Dame football player Sergio Brown., now of the New England Patriots, and Golden Tate (Seattle Seahawks) are honorary coaches for the alumni flag football game.

  • Ongoing construction to Notre Dame Stadium has closed some sections for the contest. Seating in the first row of sections 1-7 and 30-36 will be unavailable Saturday as will sections 13-24 of the lower bowl (opposite the team tunnel). Fans will be able to sit north of the 10-yard line on both the east and west sidelines plus in the north end zone. Seating will not be permitted in the south end zone or southeast and southwest corners of Notre Dame Stadium's lower bowl.

  • The east sideline will have former players watching the game as the entire Fighting Irish football team will gather on its normal sideline on the west side of the stadium. Over 100 former players are expected to return to campus this weekend for a dinner Friday night featuring football alumni and the current squad.

  • Intermission is 15 minutes and will feature a rugby match between the Notre Dame rugby team and a national team that includes former Irish football player James Aldridge (2006-09).

  • Parking lots and tailgating open Saturday at 8 a.m., free to the public. All parking lots on Notre Dame's campus will be available as well as the White Field lots.

  • The Blue Gold game's second half will feature a running clock, stopped only for timeouts and injury. The first half will follow normal timekeeping rules.

  • The festivities and unveiling of The Shirt 2012 begins at 4:00 p.m. Friday with the actual unveiling set for 5:45 p.m. at Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore.

  • The Players' Walk to the stadium will occur at noon, but will be from Gate 3 of the Joyce Center (Basketball Arena) to either Gate A or the North Tunnel of Notre Dame Stadium.

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