Thursday, December 19, 2013
Purdue, ND to play in Indy before hiatus
By Adam Rittenberg
Before their in-state rivalry takes a break, Purdue and Notre Dame will square off in Indiana's biggest city.
The schools made it official on Thursday, announcing that their Sept. 13, 2014, game will be played at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. It's part of Notre Dame's annual Shamrock Series. The Irish will be the home team, and kickoff will be at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC.
It's the first time since 1984 that the Purdue-Notre Dame game has been played off campus, as the teams met that year in the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis.
After next year's game, Purdue and Notre Dame won't meet until the 2020 season at Purdue. The teams will play in 2021 (at Notre Dame), 2024 (at Purdue), 2025 (at Notre Dame) and 2026 (neutral site). Athletic directors Morgan Burke (Purdue) and Jack Swarbrick (Notre Dame) are exploring dates beyond 2026.
Purdue and Notre Dame have met every year since 1946.
"Jack and I tried everything we could to keep the series going without interruption," Burke said in a prepared statement. "But between the Big Ten going to a nine-game schedule and Notre Dame’s affiliation with the Atlantic Coast Conference, it just didn't work out. The series is important to both schools, and we are pleased that we are able to extend it through 2026."
Burke really wanted to keep Notre Dame on Purdue's schedule every year, as the Irish bring tremendous exposure for the Boilers. But it just wasn't realistic with Notre Dame's ACC move.
The good news is Purdue can explore other scheduling opportunities such as Virginia Tech and Missouri.
The team announced Wednesday that it will play a home-and-home against Virginia Tech, hosting the Hokies in 2015 and visiting Blacksburg, Va., in 2023. The teams have never met.
Purdue also is in the process of finalizing a home-and-home against Missouri. The Boilers will visit Missouri on Sept. 16, 2017, and host the Tigers on Sept. 15, 2018. The teams last met in 1980, and Purdue holds a 6-2 edge in the all-time series.
Purdue also has moved a home game against Eastern Kentucky from 2017 to 2016, and its 2016 home game against Cincinnati has been moved back a week to Sept. 10.
The Boilers' non-league schedules for 2014, 2015 and 2016 are now complete.