Storm the Stadium at Notre Dame on July 4

Author: Sue Ryan

Storm Stadium Feature

On July 4 (Wednesday), the University of Notre Dame Office of Military and Veterans Affairs will host the ultimate stair-climbing challenge, Storm the Stadium, with proceeds benefiting the University’s military-connected students. Storm the Stadium will feature three stair courses that will take participants up, down and around Notre Dame Stadium.


The event features a long course of 3,600 steps, a 1,800-step short course and a 700-step walking course, along with an on-field family fun zone with inflatables and games for children ages 13 and younger. The event kicks off with an opening ceremony at 8 a.m. and ends at 12:30 p.m. Climbers will be assigned to one of six waves starting at 8:15, 8:30, 8:45, 9, 9:15 or 9:30 a.m.


“The Fourth of July is the perfect day to remember the brave men and women who have served and continue to serve our country,” said Laura Carlson, vice president and associate provost. “Storm the Stadium will honor our veterans and active-duty military members and their families while also providing a fun, healthy event to kick off the holiday.”


According to Carlson, the event is not a race, but participants will receive a medal upon completion of the course as well as an event shirt and free concessions. The cost to participate is $40 for climbers or $5 each for those wishing to access only the on-field family fun zone. For more details or to register, visit


Established in 2017, the Office of Military and Veterans Affairs is responsible for making the Notre Dame experience robust, inclusive and vibrant for military-connected students; achieving excellence in undergraduate, graduate and professional education for military-connected students; and enabling Notre Dame to lead an exemplary model of engagement in the military and veteran space.

Originally published by Sue Lister at on March 28, 2018.