Notre Dame fans and alumni party in Pittsburgh

The Fighting Irish Men's Basketball team is high off a win against Northeastern University, but they are working hard to prepare to face Butler University Saturday evening. 

The fans went out to celebrate the team's first-round victory.

Friday evening the Notre Dame Alumni Association held a party at Claddagh's Irish Pub in Pittsburgh, and even the Notre Dame Leprechaun was in attendance. 

"We do this at a lot of places that we travel to. The local alumni clubs like to get people together and I think they were watching the games on TV and getting some excitement going for tomorrow's game," said Jon Doran, the Notre Dame Leprechaun. 

Notre Dame alumni flocked to town to watch the Notre Dame Men's Basketball team in the NCAA tournament. 

"We're thrilled, it's great. We are rooting for them," said Adrian Pisaniello, who graduated from Notre Dame in 2004.

The cheerleaders kept the energy high inside the pub as Pisaniello and her children watched.

Dan Pisaniello, Adrian's husband, is the president of the alumni club and the organizer of the event.

"We usually get a nice big crowd going. We are one of the larger alumni bases around so there will be lots of Irish fans at Consol tomorrow as well cheering on the Irish," said Dan Pisaniello.

The Leprechaun says the band and cheerleaders have enjoyed their time in Pittsburgh so far and they are planning for a win against the Butler Bulldogs.

"I'm only thinking good things. I thinks it's going to be an in-state rival with Butler and I think we can take them down. They'll be excited to play but I think we can take them down," said Doran.

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