Media Information


Media outlets seeking Notre Dame student volunteers while on campus for the debate should contact:

Clare Mundy, Associate Director, Office of the President, C 574-261-5761, O 574-631-8074,

Gracie Gallagher, Director of Strategic Initiatives, University Enterprises & Events, C 574-315-6114, O 574-631-4195,

Karen Kennedy, Director of Student Centers, Activities and Events, C 617-504-8477, O 574-631-7308,

Student volunteer requests can be submitted online at:


Private Security

Media organizations wishing to contract with local private security agencies during their time at Notre Dame can contact any of the following organizations, which are permitted to function on campus.

Monterrey Security, Kyle O’Shaughnessy, C 312-384-0713, O 773-843-0434,

Per-mar Security, Neil Graves, C 574-238-7739, O 574-406-6254,

VSS Security, Josh Gobel, C 574-876-7057, O 574-287-8414,

ISP Alliance, Chad Larsh, C 574-274-1379,


Shipping and Receiving Information

All shipments should be addressed to:

University of Notre Dame

Duncan Student Center W011

Notre Dame, IN 46556

Attention: ______ (for Presidential Debate)


Questions regarding shipping and

package pickup should be directed to:

Nick Ratkay



Media Credentialing

CPD/USSS Issued Credentials will be required on the following dates:

  • Sunday, Sept. 27 (valid)
  • Monday, Sept. 28 (valid)
  • Tuesday, Sept. 29 (required)

Individual media can pick up their CPD-issued photo credential at the Accreditation Center on the dates and times listed below. All times listed are local, and hours may vary and are to be determined.

Credentials for large media organizations will be distributed in bulk and picked up by one to two representatives. Bulk distribution is by appointment only.


Accreditation Center

Leighton Hall at Innovation Park

University of Notre Dame

1400 E. Angela Blvd., South Bend, IN 46617

*Parking for Accreditation is adjacent to the building*

**All members of the media are required to pick up their credentials before entering the perimeter. Media credentials will be distributed during the following hours (listed in local time):

  • Sunday, Sept. 27, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Monday, Sept. 28, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 29, 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.


Media Filing Center

North Dome, Joyce Center

The media filing center will be open 24 hours a day, and the Rate Card, School Help, Technology and CPD desks will be fully operational during the following hours:

  • Thursday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Friday, Sept. 25, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 26, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 27, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Monday, Sept. 28, 9 a.m.-start of sweep
  • Tuesday, Sept. 29, 7 a.m. until the last

Media parking during the debate period will be in the Compton Family Ice Arena parking lot, north of the Compton Family Ice Arena. Entrances to the lot are on Joyce Drive and Holy Cross Drive.


Outdoor Standup Locations

  • Thursday, Sept. 24. Operational
  • Friday, Sept. 25. Operational
  • Saturday, Sept. 26. Operational
  • Sunday, Sept. 27. Operational
  • Monday, Sept. 28. Operational

(**There will be no access to outdoor platforms starting Monday evening during the

USSS sweep. Post-sweep access will be determined on site.)

  • Tuesday, Sept. 29. Operational
  • Wednesday, Sept. 30. Tear down after 2 p.m.

The CPD team will be hosting a lottery draw for the outdoor platform assignments on the following schedule:

  • National draws Friday, Sept. 25, at 4 p.m.
  • Local/others draw Saturday, Sept. 26, at 9 a.m.


**Media organizations must have a representative present to draw.


National Workspace

Workspace will be accessible on the following days:

  • Thursday, Sept. 24
  • Friday, Sept. 25
  • Saturday, Sept. 26
  • Sunday, Sept. 27
  • Monday, Sept. 28

(**There will be no access during the USSS security sweep.)

  • Tuesday, Sept. 29
  • Wednesday, Sept. 30. Teardown after 2 p.m.


Truck/Trailer Parking

Parking passes for all media trucks and trailers, accompanied by maps and directions to parking, will be available at the Information Desk in the Accreditation Center and work in coordination with the Media Center Rate Card Desk. The Information Desk hours are:

  • Thursday, Sept. 24, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Friday, Sept. 25, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 26, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 27, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Monday, Sept. 28, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.


Trucks will be able to access the parking areas on the following days:

  • Thursday, Sept. 24
  • Friday, Sept. 25
  • Saturday, Sept. 26
  • Sunday, Sept. 27
  • Monday, Sept. 28

All trucks and trailers must be in position by 3 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 28. After this, access is

closed and no more vehicles will be allowed in until after the debate is over on Tuesday, Sept. 29. There will be no access during the USSS security sweep on Monday night.

  • Wednesday, Sept. 30. Tear down after 2 p.m.


Debate Hall

Purcell Pavilion, Joyce Center

National access needs listed here do not include TV pool access needs.

  • Thursday, Sept. 24
  • Friday, Sept. 25
  • Saturday, Sept. 26
  • Sunday, Sept. 27
  • Monday, Sept. 28

(**There will be no access to the hall during the USSS security sweep on Monday night.)

  • Tuesday, Sept. 29

(**Access is limited during the day as the hall is closed for campaign access. Availability will

be determined on site. During these periods, all cameras must be off and facing the rear of the

hall. No audio recording devices may operate during these periods.)

  • Wednesday, Sept. 30. Tear down after 2 p.m.


The CPD media team will conduct national platform draws at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25.



US Secret Service

All equipment and vehicles must be in their positions by 3 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020.  Vehicles must display a CPD-issued parking pass which includes contact information for personnel. Keys must be left with the vehicle — on the driver’s seat or in the driver’s door. All equipment cases, vehicle compartments and vehicles must be left unlocked for the sweep. Anything not accessible to the agents (e.g., padlocked) will be opened.


Actual sweep times will be announced on site.


Directions to Notre Dame

By Air

South Bend International Airport is about 15 minutes by car from the Notre Dame campus (flights should be booked to South Bend, Indiana — airport code SBN). Various transportation methods are available (e.g., taxi, rental car, limo). Visitors also can fly into Chicago then drive or take a bus to Notre Dame. The University is about two hours by car from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and about 90 minutes from Midway International Airport. Royal Excursion offers a limited route from South Bend Airport to Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway airports. See for more information.


By Train

The South Shore Line trains run directly from the Chicago Loop (at the corner of Michigan and Randolph) to South Bend International Airport (about a three-hour trip). From the airport, the Notre Dame campus is approximately a 15-minute ride by car. Various transportation methods are available (e.g., taxi, rental car, limo).