July 26, 2011
Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk and Notre Dame Director of Athletics and Vice President Jack Swarbrick announced today that Navy's football series with Notre Dame, which is the longest continuous intersectional rivalry in college football, has been extended to 2026, which will be the centennial year for the series.
"Our institutional relationship with Notre Dame goes back decades," said Gladchuk. "Along with the vast mutual respect we share as two of the finest educational institutions in the nation, that same dimension of appreciation is evident on the football field. Continuing this traditional and classic rivalry for years to come has always been a priority for both schools. I am grateful to Jack and his staff for working with us to ensure the continuation of this annual highlight enjoyed by millions of fans during each college football season."
"Notre Dame and Navy have long defined what an intersectional football rivalry is all about," said Swarbrick. "Our two institutions have a longstanding relationship, both on and off the football field, that goes back decades. When we've looked at future football schedules for Notre Dame, Navy has always been one of the opponents immediately penciled in - and this ensures that will be the case for yet another 10 years to come."
The Irish and Mids will meet in South Bend on odd years, while on even years the game will be played as Navy's home game, customarily played at regional NFL venues.
The two schools, which have played every year since 1926, will meet for the 84th time on Saturday, October 29th in South Bend.
The 2012 game will be played Sept. 1 at Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland. It will be the second meeting between the two schools in Ireland.