Notre Dame pep rally kicks off huge football weekend downtown

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By Jill Glavan

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (September 12, 2014) -- This weekend marks a big boost for the city, with two major football events putting Indy on the national stage.

The Shamrock Series, Notre Dame's yearly traveling game, kicked off with a pep rally on Georgia Street Friday. It is the series' first time in the Circle City.

The Fighting Irish will face off against Purdue at Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday night, with the Colts taking the premiere Monday Night Football slot just two days later. It means a quick turnaround for Stadium Director Mike Fox.

"It's two major events in three days and it is unusual for us," Fox said.

Unusual, but welcome. Especially for the folks at Visit Indy.

"Our restaurants are full, (our) hotels are happy, really it's just a good stretch of time in the tourism industry," Senior Communcations Director Morgan Greenlee said.

It's a stretch that will bring a lot of outsiders to Indianapolis, including Al Dota and his friends, who were visiting for the first time.

"We love Indianapolis. (It's) really nice," Dota said.

That's exactly what city leaders wanted to hear, given the chance twice in just a few days to show off nationally and fill the streets - and businesses - with fans.

"To put two big sporting events in one weekend ... it's just truly invaluable," Greenlee said.

For more on this weekend's activity schedule, go to the Visit Indy website here.

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