Notre Dame to return to Culver for training camp

University of Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly arrives on horseback to the final day of the team's training camp at Culver Academies last August.
Culver Citizen
Staff Writer

The University of Notre Dame's football team will return to Culver Academies for its preseason training camp for the second year in a row next month.

This year there will be an opportunity for fans to watch a full, two-hour practice on Sunday, Aug. 9, eat lunch with players and coaches and attend a chalk-talk session with Irish head coach Brian Kelly the night before.

Tickets for the event start at $2,500 for one guest, with each additional ticket costing $1,000.

More information is available via the Academies' website at

“Culver holds a special place in my heart as my family has participated in camps on the grounds for years," Coach Kelly said last year. "We were able to initiate a successful program (in 2013) at Shiloh Park Retreat and Conference Center. Culver will significantly help improve the experience for our team this fall.”

Notre Dame football has long history at Culver. Legendary coach Knute Rockne -- a friend of former former Culver coach Bob Peck -- gave the dedication speech on the campus for the Culver Recreation Building in 1924, and former coach Lou Holtz opened his camps at the Academies in 1995 and 1996.

One memorable story from the Holtz era reported at was the coach setting a small boat on fire on the shores of Lake Maxinkuckee as a blunt reminder to his team "that it was all in, and there was no turning back."