Only months after defeating San Diego State in the 2014 Poinsettia Bowl, Navy has already made plans to return to San Diego and Qualcomm Stadium -- this time for a game with arguably even bigger stakes.
The Midshipmen announced Wednesday that its 2018 meeting with Notre Dame will be played at "the Q," the first time the Navy-Notre Dame game will have been played west of the Mississippi. The 2018 edition will be the 92nd game in the series.
"We are excited about the opportunity to play a regular-season game against Notre Dame in San Diego, which is a city filled with Navy and Marine Corps service men and women," Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk said in a statement. “The partnership the Naval Academy has had with the bowl administration in San Diego has been extraordinary for well over a decade. This special matchup with Notre Dame will mirror in many ways the highly successful event format that has brought great success to the economy, city, and community over the years.”
In addition to facing the Aztecs in San Diego last December, Navy has made three other Poinsettia Bowl appearances since the bowl's founding in 2005, going 2-2 overall. It's understandable why the Midshipmen might feel at home at Qualcomm -- per a Navy statement, "San Diego hosts the largest naval fleet in the world and is home to over 120 tenant commands and more than 35,000 sailors, soldiers, Department of Defense civilian employees and contractors."
The Midshipmen and Fighting Irish played the 2014 game at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., and recently announced the 2016 meeting would be held at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla. The 2015 clash will be held at Notre Dame Stadium.