Notre Dame-Navy set for Ireland in 2012

Updated: September 21, 2010, 6:19 PM ET
By Wes Morgan | ESPNChicago.com

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The 86th meeting between Notre Dame and Navy on Sept. 1, 2012 will take place at Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, Naval Academy athletics director Chet Gladchuk announced Tuesday.

"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."

The longest continuous rivalry in college football, which dates back to 1927, will be featured at a $410 million facility that has a completely-sheltered seating capacity of 50,000.

"To see this stadium is to believe it has to be one of the finest venues in the world," Gladchuck said in a release. "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."

This season they will play at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on Oct. 23.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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