Legends of Notre Dame

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Legends of Notre Dame
Legends
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Legends of Notre Dame
Former names Alumni Senior Bar
Location 100 Legends, Notre Dame, Indiana
Type Music venue, Public house, Restaurant
Opened 2003
Construction cost $3.5M
Seating type standing room / bar and restaurant seating
Website http://legendsofnotredame.org/

Legends of Notre Dame, commonly referred to as Legends, is a music venue, public house, and restaurant located on the campus of the University of Notre Dame, just 100 yards south of Notre Dame Stadium. The former Alumni Senior Club[1] opened its doors the first weekend in September 2003[2] after a $3.5 million renovation and transformed into the all-ages student hang-out that currently exists.

The Legends of Notre Dame Restaurant and Alehouse Pub is a full-service, casual dining operation which is open to the public for lunch and dinner Monday through Sunday. The nightclub at Legends of Notre Dame, on the other hand, is only open to Notre Dame, Saint Mary's College and Holy Cross College students and their guests. When the nightclub is not being used for student programming, it is open to be rented for private functions, such as business meetings, receptions, luncheons, and banquets. The club and the associated outdoor area, also called "The Backfield", becomes a popular destination for fans on football weekends.

History[edit]

Legends of Notre Dame opened in the fall of 2003. Formerly the Alumni Senior Club, the building underwent a 3.5 million dollar renovation and increased by nearly 50% in size. This transformation was made possible largely by a gift from current Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Richard Notebart.[3] The project was directed by Assistant Vice President for Student Activities, M. Brian Coughlin, and Vice President for Student Affairs, Rev. Mark Poorman CSC.

The idea behind the creation of this venue was to enhance student culture and provide a state-of-the-art facility with national entertainment. At the onset, it was decided that alcohol would never be the focus of any event at Legends, yet the option would be available to those who are of legal drinking age to responsibly consume alcohol in a safe and quality environment.[citation needed]

Controversy[edit]

Legends of Notre Dame has been accused of withholding tips from servers, including two tips in the amount of $5,000 (for a total of $10,000) from 'Tips for Jesus'.

Structure[edit]

Restaurant and Alehouse[edit]

The Legends of Notre Dame Restaurant and Alehouse Pub is a full-service, casual dining operation which is open to the public for lunch and dinner Monday through Sunday, along with being open for breakfast on football Saturdays in the fall. All proceeds from the restaurant and alehouse pub are used to support social programming for Notre Dame students at Legends. The restaurant features 23 draught beer lines, 70 bottle beer options, a large selection of craft and micro-brews, wine and spirits, a diverse menu, a timeline of Notre Dame sports history, and 14 High-Definition plasma TVs.[4] Executive chef Giuseppe Macerata was featured multiple times on South Bend's WSJV Fox 28 news cooking segment "Wake Up!".[5]

Nightclub[edit]

The nightclub at Legends of Notre Dame is only open to Notre Dame, Saint Mary's College and Holy Cross College students and their guests. Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night during the academic year the club offers free live entertainment in the form of concerts, comedy shows, nightclubs and beyond. There are six events per weekend at Legends featuring live entertainment at 10:00 pm and a nightclub at midnight, which can stay open until as late as 4:00 am.

On Thursday nights, Legends hosts low-key events such as “Brew and View” midnight movies, dart tournaments, open pool play, club jazz, karaoke, speed dating, or guitar hero competitions. On Friday and Saturday nights, a danceclub begins with a DJ, intelligent lighting, and a party atmosphere. Most every nightclub is attached to a theme, or more specifically to a style of music (salsa, reggaeton, hip hop, bhangra, swing, country, etc.) Notable acts that have performed at Legends include Young Dubliners,[6] Plain White T's,[7] Tim Reynolds,[8] Stroke 9,[9] Ryan Cabrera,[10] Sara Bareilles, Gavin DeGraw, and Matt and Kim.[11]

Other functions[edit]

When the nightclub is not being used for student programming, it is open to be rented for private functions, such as business meetings, receptions, luncheons and banquets. The club and the associated outdoor area called “The Backfield” becomes a popular destination for fans on football weekends.

Awards[edit]

Legends was recognized as one of the top 12 nightclub music venues in the country on February 7, 2008 at the Pollstar Music Industry Awards at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, California, but did not make it as a finalist.[citation needed] The 9:30 Club in Washington, DC took first place.[12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "LEGENDS OF NOTRE DAME". Student Activities Office, University of Notre Dame. 
  2. ^ Tardiff, Justin (2009-09-09). "Legends meets expectations". The Observer. 
  3. ^ Brown, Dennis (2007-02-01). "Richard C. Notebaert elected Chair of Notre Dame’s Board of Trustees". Office of News & Information, University of Notre Dame. 
  4. ^ "South Bend Beer Bars". Indiana Beer. 
  5. ^ Keating, Bridget (2006-04-27). "Legends chef appears on morning TV show". The Observer. 
  6. ^ Griffin, Patrick (2009-02-27). "The Young Dubliners Arrive Early for St. Patty's". The Observer. 
  7. ^ Fuoco-Karasinski, Christina (2007-08-03). "Second time a charm for Plain White T's 'Delilah'". Daily Live. 
  8. ^ Costa, Bob (2006-01-06). "Legendary Guitar Master". The Observer. 
  9. ^ Bolsen, Christie (2005-03-24). "Stroke 9 evokes sentimental emotions". The Observer. 
  10. ^ Gamble, Jordan (2009-11-16). "Ryan Cabrera Still With Spikey Hair, Still Loveable". The Observer. 
  11. ^ "Is Notre Dame's cutting edge breaking the bubble?". The Observer. 2009-11-13. 
  12. ^ "19th Annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards Categories & Nominees". PollstarPro.com. 2008-02-07. 

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