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Aviva Stadium to host Notre Dame and Navy

Posted on: September 21, 2010 3:14 pm
Edited on: September 21, 2010 3:15 pm
 
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Notre Dame and Navy have been facing each other on the gridiron every year since 1927 but in 2012 the two will be meeting for only the second time outside of the United States.  The 2012 contest between the two teams, on  September 1, will be played in Dublin, Ireland.  It won't be the first time the Fighting Irish have fought in front of the actual Irish as both teams played in Dublin's Croke Park in 1996.

This time around they'll be playing at Aviva Stadium.

“To see this stadium is to believe it has to be one of the finest venues in the world,” said [Navy AD Chet] Gladchuk. “Although modest in capacity, few stadiums anywhere have 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.”


Aviva Stadium, which has a capacity of 50,000, was also be the host of the Europa League final in May of 2011.

This year's edition of the rivalry will be played in a neutral site as well, at the New Meadowlands Stadium on October 2.

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Since: Dec 16, 2008
Posted on: September 22, 2010 6:51 pm
 

Aviva Stadium to host Notre Dame and Navy

Awesome. It's about time Notre Dame goes to Ireland to play a game! What have they been waiting for. I just hope fans dont show up thinking its a boring soccer game.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: September 22, 2010 3:32 pm
 

Aviva Stadium to host Notre Dame and Navy

You know, there's a bonus to this game.  Doesn't this mean both Navy and Notre Dame can schedule an extra one?  This game, I believe, doesn't count against the 12 games in a season because it's not in the continental U.S. - it's the Hawaii exemption.



Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: September 22, 2010 10:33 am
 

Aviva Stadium to host Notre Dame and Navy

Having lived in Ireland, I can attest to the experience Navy & ND fans will enjoy.

I agree completely!!!  I lived in Scotland for 4 years from 86-90 and absolutely loved it.  I still keep in touch with some of my friends from there.

But it will be more for the fans of those schools to experience a game overseas and may not draw many Irish fans to the game itself.

I'm not so sure about that, when I lived in Scotland the people there were crazy about American Football--we used to play at the park every Sunday with the locals and some of them even went and ordered real pads and helmets from the states to wear when we played--though we tried to keep them from getting crazy and suicidal with their newfound "armor" on.  In fact, I've been many places overseas where people who don't normally understand American football or consider it a sissy sport for "Nancy boys" get newfound respect when they see it.  Some of the Kiwis I played rugby with when I lived in Guam thought that of American football, but after a few of them got into watching American football they realized they were wrong about it being a sissy sport. 




Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: September 22, 2010 8:46 am
 

Aviva Stadium to host Notre Dame and Navy

Yeah but I dont think that BC would give up a home game vs ND to play in Ireland where Navy (although never really home) has no issue not playing in Baltimore.


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Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: September 21, 2010 8:08 pm
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Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: September 21, 2010 5:55 pm
 

Aviva Stadium to host Notre Dame and Navy

I wonder which team the Irish will root for? They'll think ND is from Ireland.



Since: Oct 22, 2008
Posted on: September 21, 2010 5:51 pm
 

Aviva Stadium to host Notre Dame and Navy

Having lived in Ireland, I can attest to the experience Navy & ND fans will enjoy.  It will be a fabulous trip and venue for the game.  However, American football does not go over too well overseas.  Too many stops during play (plus the commercials that come with those stops).  There is really no sport (I don't include cricket as a legitimate sport) outside of America that takes 3-4 hours to play.  But it will be more for the fans of those schools to experience a game overseas and may not draw many Irish fans to the game itself.



Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: September 21, 2010 5:39 pm
 

Aviva Stadium to host Notre Dame and Navy

College football and the pro's playing outside the US.  I don't like it.  It not nativitism; its just our sport and it needs to be played here; especially a service academy.  I don't get it; the travel; wear and tear on the players; I just don't get it or like it.


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