Navy to Play Notre Dame at the New Meadowlands Stadium in 2010
Feb. 23, 2009
ANNAPOLIS, Md.-Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk and Mark Lamping, CEO of the New Meadowlands Stadium, announced on Monday that the 2010 Navy-Notre Dame game will be played at the $1.3 billion dollar New Meadowlands Stadium. The game will be televised nationally by CBS.
"We are thrilled to play Notre Dame in the inaugural season at the spectacular New Meadowlands Stadium, " said Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk. "This will be a very special day for our program playing one of our traditional rivals in an area that is not only an easy drive for our fans, but has a great history of hosting some very special Navy games in the past."
"We couldn't be more excited to bring the pageantry of college football and the rich history of Navy-Notre Dame to our brand new facility," said Lamping.
This will be Navy's 12th game at the Meadowlands Complex and the sixth against the Fighting Irish, with their last match-up played in 2004.
The New Meadowlands Stadium will have seating for 82,500 fans, including 9,500 club seats and 222 luxury suites. It will be the third-largest stadium in the National Football League upon completion in 2010.
Inside the stadium, four 30-by-110-foot HD video replay boards will hang from each corner of the upper deck. Outside the stadium, fans will be treated to a 350,000 square foot outdoor plaza filled with fan-centric activities and pre-game entertainment zones. A signature amenity of the stadium will be the brand new rail line that will drop off passengers less than 100 feet from the stadium and the total trip from New York's Penn Station will take less than 20 minutes.
The new stadium will have numerous restaurants, wider concourses and more HD square footage than any other stadium in North America.
Another feature of interest for those attending the game at the Meadowlands is the new 2.3 million square foot entertainment and retail complex known as Xanadu. This one-of-a-kind, $2.0 billion dollar complex features a variety of unique elements including indoor skiing, the tallest ferris wheel in North America providing spectacular views of Manhattan and North New Jersey, indoor skydiving, live theatre, bowling, a dozen restaurants, movie theaters, an extensive media experience, a cooking school, retail shops and more.
Xanadu is scheduled to be completed in 2009