Apr 4, 2014, 12:43 PM EST
Gary Paczesny is a member of the Notre Dame women’s basketball travel party that will be writing a daily blog about traveling to the Women’s Final Four in Nashville, Tenn.
After departing the Purcell Pavilion on Thursday afternoon, the Fighting Irish boarded their charter flight headed for the Music City; Nashville, Tennessee. The MD-83 airplane touched down just before 6:00 pm CT. The Irish checked into the hotel and were greeted by the band from Father Ryan Catholic High School; with the Victory March ringing throughout the streets of Nashville.
Once inside the hotel, women’s basketball head coach Muffet McGraw was presented with an official Wilson Final Four game ball by Ohio Valley Conference commissioner Beth DeBauche. DeBauche attended Saint Mary’s College (Ind.) for her undergrad and earned her Master’s in communications from Notre Dame.
The team then ventured into the heart of Nashville for dinner making a stop at the famous Wild Horse Saloon for barbecue, s’mores and some dancing.
Members of the travel party, including a few players, then took some time to walk the streets of Nashville enjoying the 60-degree temperatures. The Irish then returned to the hotel for the night.
Friday brings ESPN interviews and video shoots to be used in the game broadcast followed by a workout at Belmont University. The Fighting Irish will then take part in the NCAA Salute honoring all four teams here at the Final Four.
Check back to UND.com and watchND.tv as we bring you the sights and sounds from the Music City.
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Women’s Basketball on YouTube
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- Great team win tonight at the Purcell Pavilion! Freshman @mycoool_ showed out on her birthday with 17pnts! 🍀🏀 http://t.co/0eU0eHgo6e 13 hours ago
- Mike hits the jumper for Big Macs!!! 14 hours ago
- Final media timeout of the half, Irish lead Chattanooga 79-43 14 hours ago
- 6:15 remaining in the game, Irish up 73-38 14 hours ago
Men’s Basketball on YouTube
- A great banquet put on by the @MoheganSun & the @Hoophall before Saturday's games. @NDMikeBrey with the other 7 HC's http://t.co/6QXMzpc2dU 11 hours ago
- Burg (@Austin_Burgett) hits a half court shot to end practice for the day. (Not pictured: @Austin_Torres0's make) vine.co/v/OJPLOri6dd0 18 hours ago
- Watch the Strong & True story of Katie Schwab, the @NDwbb Operations Specialist. One of the great people at ND. LINK: watchnd.tv/#!/videos/82dj… 19 hours ago
- Our guys work on their post work as practice comes to a close at the Mohegan Sun. #NDinConnecticut vine.co/v/OJPKneBKXda 20 hours ago
- We got our first chance to take the floor at the @MoheganSun before the @HOF_Tipoff tourney begins on Saturday. 🍀🏀🍀 http://t.co/gtjRkInaD4 20 hours ago
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