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SOUTH BEND – The Fighting Irish are headed back to Ireland.
Notre Dame and Navy have moved their 2020 football meeting to Aviva Stadium in Dublin, the schools announced Thursday. The game was originally scheduled to be played on Sept. 5, 2020 at MetLife Stadium in the New Jersey Meadowlands but will now be played on Aug. 29 of that year at the 51,700-seat stadium.
The two traditional rivals also played in Ireland in 2012 and 1996. Notre Dame opened a perfect regular season in 2012 with a 50-10 win over Navy on Sept. 1; in 1996, Lou Holtz’s final season as coach, the Irish won 54-27 in Dublin on Nov. 2.
“I’m so excited, not only for our student-athletes and those that will travel from the States, but for the people of Ireland and all of those that will make this another experience to cherish,” Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick said in a statement.
More than 35,000 American football fans flew into Ireland for the 2012 meeting.
The 2020 matchup will be the first of five Aer Lingus College Football Classic games played in Dublin through 2024. Remaining matchups have yet to be announced.
The Irish and the Midshipmen meet Saturday night in San Diego, marking Notre Dame’s first visit to that city for football. Notre Dame now has two bye weeks on its 2020 schedule with the other coming Oct. 24, seven games in.