ND to return to FedEx to face Navy

December, 13, 2012
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Navy announced Thursday that it will be taking its rivalry with Notre Dame to Landover, Md., for the 2014 matchup, adding another big-time location to the longest continuous intersectional rivalry in college football.

FedEx Field will host the two teams on Nov. 1, 2014, marking the 88th straight meeting between the Midshipmen and the Irish. The teams last played there in 1998.

Dublin was the host of this years' matchup, on Sept. 1, and East Rutherford, N.J., had the honors two years ago.

The rivalry is under contract through 2026, and don't expect it to go anyway anytime soon, even with Notre Dame's five-game per year ACC agreement, which the school has said it is hoping to implement in the 2014 season.

The Irish played in FedEx Field last season as part of their "Shamrock Series" event, beating "road" team Maryland 45-21 in primetime. Between the Shamrock Series and a rotating road contest against Navy every year, Notre Dame can continue to keep its national schedule even more, well, national, highlighting its brand and following across the country. I remember taking the train from D.C. to Landover for last year's game and being surrounded by Irish fans, despite the proximity of Maryland's College Park campus.

For Navy, this is fairly close to a true home game, with Annapolis located roughly a half-hour away.

Matt Fortuna | email

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