Irish road routine changes amid pandemic

by WSBT 22 Sports

Notre Dame Stadium has been kind to the Fighting Irish over the first two weeks of the 2020 season, but you can’t play every game at home. Notre Dame is gearing up for their first road game of the year this week as they travel to Winston-Salem, N.C. to take on Wake Forest.

The Fighting Irish are putting together a game plan to beat the Demon Deacons, but are also getting prepared to tackle the concept of traveling in the midst of a global pandemic.

“You’re trying to avoid as much contact outside you quote, unquote bubble as possible.” said Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly.

The deliberate travel itinerary comes after the team announced they had four players tested positive for COVID-19 and have been placed in quarantine with six others placed in isolation following contact tracing.

Notre Dame’s attempt at limiting that contact involves treating this road game as much like a home game as possible. Notre Dame will hold all of their pregame meetings, practices in South Bend. The team will then eat and then hop on an airplane destined for North Carolina.

“We’ll simply board the plane, get in there in the evening, get off the plane and go to bed.” said Kelly, “To lessen the contact in the hotel. Our guys will be in individual rooms, and wake up in the morning, throw on a Superman cape and go beat Wake Forest, that’s how we do it.”

Notre Dame and Wake Forest will kick-off on Saturday at noon, with game day coverage beginning at 7am on your home of the Irish, 96.1 WSBT, The Sports Leader.