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Dublin's Aviva Stadium will host Navy-Notre Dame football game


The 86th meeting between Navy and Notre Dame will take place on Sept. 1, 2012 at Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland.

“To see this stadium is to believe it has to be one of the finest venues in the world,” Naval Academy Athletic Director Chet Gladchuk said. “Although modest in capacity, few stadiums anywhere have attended to the detail, aesthetics and fan comfort found at Aviva. . . . Navy is very much looking forward to our visit and the wonderful experience we expect our coaches, players, fans and friends will enjoy.”

The $410 million four level state-of-the art facility opened in May and has a seating capacity of 50,000 with all seats under cover. The stadium, which is in the heart of Dublin, one mile from St. Stephen's Green, consists of continuous stands enclosing all four sides of the ground.

The Irish American Football Association released a statement praising the game returning to Ireland. “We are delighted with the news that Navy and Notre Dame are coming to Dublin in 2012. Given the rivalry between the two teams, we are sure it will be a wonderful spectacle and will have a really positive impact on the game of American Football in Ireland.”

The Navy-Notre Dame rivalry is the longest continuous intersectional rivalry in college football with the two schools having met every year since 1927.

By Kathy Orton  | September 21, 2010; 7:32 PM ET
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