Whether it was joining thousands for the 175th anniversary Notre Dame Trail, welcoming students back for another great academic year, creating larger-than-life football tailgating experiences, or helping to celebrate Notre Dame’s presence in the 2018 Cotton Bowl with a big Texas-sized celebration, Innovative Group has been Notre Dame’s go-to experiential agency for years.
Innovative Group has brought the heat to many of Notre Dame’s greatest events with its unique vintage fire-truck, aptly named DRAFT – Dynamic Restaurant Aboard Fire Truck. DRAFT has enjoyed the privilege of being on the Notre Dame Trail and out at many Notre Dame home football games feeding hungry guests by the thousands. In addition, IG has helped Notre Dame continue to build upon its reputation of excellence by offering an extraordinary Game Day premium experience. With concerts, games, DRAFT, food, and fun, the Notre Dame experience has been elevated with each outing. So much so that NBC Sports took notice and requested Innovative Group’s exclusive Traditional Suites for their broadcast village on site.
The IG experiences on campus have been so tremendous and the trust that Notre Dame has in Innovative Group led to IG leading the charge for Notre Dame’s Official Goodyear Cotton Bowl party in Dallas. Imagine the luck of the Irish combined with a good old Texas stomping ground theme, and guests found themselves entertained for hours. Whether they were riding a mechanical bull, roping a longhorn, playing rodeo-themed miniature golf, trying on official Notre Dame football gear, enjoying Texas-inspired culinary delights, or listening to the smooth sounds of “Chicago,” there was something for everyone! As guests entered, you heard, “WOW! This is incredible! How Awesome is this!” And as they left, those words were followed with, “That was the best money I have ever spent! Thank you for an experience I will remember for a lifetime!”
Innovative Group is proud of this long-standing partnership, and thrilled they can continue to deliver experiences of a lifetime for the Fighting Irish!
Katherine Lane Sr. Director, Special Events & Stewardship
When Notre Dame had an opportunity to host a family-friendly event in association with the Goodyear Cotton Bowl in 2018, the Innovative Group came to the rescue! We had 26 days to plan and execute a one-of-kind experience. The IG team had a vision: they inserted their incredible creative experience, found the best vendors, designed an incredible menu, created an awesome environment with games and decor, negotiated competitive contracts, stewarded University resources, and maintained superb communication every step of the way. Innovative Group was the perfect partner!
After impressing the MLB All-Star committee with a strong and detailed plan to WOW Miami with a unique sports marketing concept, Innovative Group was brought on to conceptualize, design and execute a turnkey build of an empty parking lot adjacent to Marlins Park, playing host to MLB’s premier All-Star Pregame Celebration for 4,000 guests.