Notre Dame, Navy to play in Ireland in 2012

Notre Dame and Navy will play in Dublin, Ireland, in 2012.

Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk says Aviva Stadium will be

the site for the 86th meeting between the Fighting Irish and


The $410 million stadium opened in May and has a seating

capacity of 50,000.

”Obviously as an Irish-Catholic from Boston, Mass., I’m going

to have a lot of requests for tickets – not airline tickets,”

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said after Tuesday’s practice in South

Bend, Ind. ”No, I just think it’s a great venue and I’m excited

about it. That’s one of the unique things about being an

independent, that you can have a game like that on the schedule. It

certainly doesn’t hurt in recruiting, either.”

Navy and Notre Dame have met every season since 1927. This

season they will play at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East

Rutherford, N.J., on Oct. 23.