FMS Holdings Expands Collegiate Tailgate Offerings with Acquisition of Irish Express

FMS Holdings, an events company that provides pre-game hospitality experiences at colleges and pro stadiums across the Midwest, announced today that they have acquired Irish Express, the leader in gameday transport and hospitality between Chicago and South Bend, Indiana.

The move expands the company’s collegiate tailgate offerings in South Bend, where FMS has been the premiere gameday hospitality provider for the past three years, providing full-service tailgate operations for large and small groups as well as equipment rental for college football fans of Notre Dame or visiting teams.

“By combining forces with Irish Express, we can offer one-stop shopping for fans looking for the ultimate gameday experience” said Managing Partner Matthew Sheldon. “These experiences include brunch and open bar in Chicago, roundtrip motorcoach transportation with beverage service from Chicago to South Bend, a 3-hour all-inclusive tailgate party upon arrival, and more food and drinks on the return trip after the game.”

In addition to Irish Express, FMS offerings In South Bend and at ten other colleges across the Midwest include turnkey private tailgate party setups and equipment rental for fans on football gamedays under their Exclusive Event Experiences service line. The company is also the Official Tailgate Partner of Soldier Field where they offer a luxury tailgate option, the all-inclusive Arena Club Elite Tailgate Experience before football games in Chicago.

“This partnership furthers the growth of our company and provides a wider range of options for fans wanting to experience a game in South Bend…we’ve made it seamless for fans in Chicago to have a fun and safe bucket-list experience” added Sheldon.

Former Irish Express owner and operators, Dillon and Carol Lin-Murphy, will remain a part of the expanded team as Senior Advisors. The Murphy’s are excited about the expanded offerings: “While we will miss working full-time on building the business, we are thrilled to be a part of a larger team focused on delighting sports fans and providing unique gameday experiences. FMS has a proven record of delivering high-end experiences that fans love. The acquisition will only improve upon what we have built with Irish Express over the past few years.”

Utilizing the resources and partnerships of Irish Express, FMS is also announcing the launch of Shamrock Shuttles, a budget friendly transportation-only offering that will give fans roundtrip gameday transportation departing from Chicago to South Bend, dropping off fans near Notre Dame’s iconic stadium.

You can learn more about the offerings by visiting To purchase tickets for the Irish Express experience, fans can head to Those interested in the transportation only option can purchase tickets on