SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The Navy-Notre Dame football series, the
nation's longest intersectional college football rivalry, will
continue through at least 2016, with the teams returning to Ireland
to play in 2012.
The schools announced Thursday that they had signed a 10-year
contract. The sites for Navy's home games haven't been determined
except for in 2012, when the game will be played in Dublin. In
1996, a crowd of 38,651 in Dublin watched Notre Dame beat Navy
Notre Dame's home games will be played at Notre Dame Stadium.
The Irish have beaten the Midshipmen an NCAA-record 41 straight
times. The teams play again Saturday.
"Whether we visit South Bend, or the game is played on the East
Coast, it is of great interest to our collective national audience
of Irish fans, Naval Academy alumni and the Navy family at large,"
Naval Academy director of athletics Chet Gladchuk said. "Two
institutions with similar values rekindling a lengthy and
well-respected relationship makes this game special."