Notre Dame v Navy Dublin 2012

Navy V Notre Dame – Rivalry continues at Aviva Stadium Dublin 2012

Aviva Stadium will host the 86th playing of the Navy-Notre Dame game on Sept. 1, 2012.  The two colleges previously played their fixture in Ireland in 1996 when Notre Dame triumphed 54-27 in Croke Park.

The Navy-Notre Dame rivalry is the longest continuous intersectional rivalry in college football with the two schools having met every year since 1927. The 84th meeting between the two schools will take place on Saturday, Oct. 23, at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutheford, N.J.  Kickoff is set for 12 noon and will be nationally televised by CBS.

Speaking of the decision to take the game to Ireland Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk, said:  “To see this stadium is to believe it has to be one of the finest venues in the world,” said Gladchuk.  “Although modest in capacity, few stadiums anywhere has attended to the detail, aesthetics and fan comfort found at Aviva.  I guarantee those who travel to Ireland and attend this event will enjoy an experience that will be awesome and a memory not to be forgotten.  Navy is very much looking forward to our visit and the wonderful experience we expect our coaches, players, fans and friends will enjoy.”

Welcoming the event Aviva Stadium Director, Martin Murphy, said:  “We are all delighted that Navy has chosen Aviva Stadium for their game against Notre Dame in 2012”.  “We fully realise just how important this game is in the U.S. sporting calendar and we are looking forward to hosting what will undoubtedly be a fantastic event.  The selection of Aviva Stadium for this game is a huge endorsement of the stadium and it is a terrific boost for Irish tourism as I have no doubt the teams’ fans will travel in great numbers.  We are confident they will have a memorable time in Ireland.”

The game has been welcomed by the Irish American Football Association (IAFA) who believe it will have a really positive impact on the game of American Football in Ireland.

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