2020 Notre Dame-Navy game to be played in Dublin

Notre Dame and Navy are headed back to Ireland. 

The schools announced Thursday they will play their 2020 matchup at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. They previously played in the city in 2012 and 1996.

“We are thrilled and excited to return to Aviva Stadium in Dublin for the 94th playing of the Navy-Notre Dame game,” Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk said in a release. “In 2012, it was one of the greatest airlifts in all of sports with more than 35,000 people coming from the United States to witness the beauty of Ireland and the extravaganza that is Navy-Notre Dame and we expect just as many people to return in 2020. The support and enthusiasm for the game in Ireland is magnificent with the complete support from the Prime Minister and the Irish government agencies. We are looking forward to a great matchup in a country that knows no bounds for hospitality.”

The 2020 meeting will be the first in a five-game series of American college football games to be played at the stadium, organizers said. 

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Navy and Notre Dame have played each other every year since 1927, but the Midshipmen have never hosted the Irish in Annapolis, Md. Navy’s “home” games in the series have always been played at larger stadiums, including this Saturday’s matchup in San Diego. 

Notre Dame leads the all-time series 75-13-1 but four of those Navy wins have come in the last 11 meetings. 

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