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Thousands of visitors are expected to be in town as Notre Dame football kicks off the first game of the season.  The team's been preparing for months, students are back on campus and local businesses are gearing up for crowds.

Right across from Notre Dame, General Manager Shelly Freitag says O'Rourke's Public House is preparing for the first football game of the season. "We definitely staff up! As far as ordering we increase the orders quite a bit, whether it's food or alcohol."

She says they always have great crowds during home games, but this season, they expect even more. "We anticipate good crowds, just because people, I think, are anticipating another good season and they want to get in on all the fun and the action."

Shelly says O'Rourke's is one of the best places to be a part of the action. "There's times where if the games getting really rowdy you can actually feel the crowd cheer and hear them when you're inside the restaurant. It almost feels like we're an extension of the stadium, which is fun."

O'Rourke's isn't the only place in town ready for game day. Between the Buns Manager Erin Echols is looking forward to seeing the fans return. "We're ready for this, this is what we wait for all year long."

Erin says they are stocked up on food, drinks, and staff for the weekend. "We get twice the amount of business, we need twice the amount of servers, twice the amount of cooks. Usually the whole weekend we're crazy, it's crazy busy."

Her staff is full of Irish fans rooting for another winning season.  "We hope it will be just as good as last year because it's obviously more fun when they're winning."

They say it's a busy time of year, but both businesses wouldn't want to be anywhere else.

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