Storm the Stadium 2019 set for April

Author: Sue Ryan

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On April 27 (Saturday), the University of Notre Dame Office of Military and Veterans Affairs will host the second annual Storm the Stadium, with proceeds benefiting the University’s military-connected students. Storm the Stadium will feature three courses that will take participants up, down and around Notre Dame Stadium.

Storm the Stadium features a long stair climb course of 3,418 steps, a 1,640-step short course and a third-of-a-mile flat walking course, along with an on-field family fun zone with inflatables and games for children ages 13 and younger.

New features of this year’s event include two timed heats for both the long and short courses and opening the climb to participants ages 14 and older. The event has also been moved to April to allow for cooler weather temperatures. Last year’s first-time event was held on the Fourth of July and saw 1,408 participants take part in the ultimate stair-climbing challenge.

This year’s event will kick off with an opening ceremony at 9:15 a.m. and ends at 12:30 p.m. Climbers can choose one of eight starting waves, including two timed competitive waves, beginning at 9:30 a.m. (timed long and short courses), 9:45 (timed long and short courses), 10 (long and short courses), 10:15 (long and short courses), 10:30 (long and short courses), 10:45 (long and short courses), 11 (short course only) or 11:15 (short course only). An awards ceremony will take place after the timed waves have completed to recognize top finishers.

“Storm the Stadium will honor our veterans and active-duty military members and their families while also providing a fun, healthy, family-focused event,” said Laura Carlson, vice president and associate provost. “Now is the perfect time of year to commit to a New Year’s resolution and begin a training program for this event.”

Long- and short-course climbers will receive a medal upon completion of the course, and all participants will receive an event shirt and free concessions. The cost to participate is $40 for climbers, $25 for walkers and $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.


Contact: Regan Jones, director of military and veterans affairs, 574-631-8729,


This article was originally published on Notre Dame News.