Week 0 game between Notre Dame and Navy officially relocated
Notre Dame and Navy were set to open the 2020 college football season in Ireland but due to the coronavirus pandemic, that won’t be happening.
Fortunately, the matchup between the two rivals is still on — it just won’t be happening in Ireland.
Instead, the Week 0 showdown set for Saturday, Aug. 29 will take place in Annapolis, Maryland, at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The series is currently the longest-continuous-intersectional rivalry in the nation as the two teams have met every year dating back to 1927.
Despite the long history of this rivalry, Notre Dame has never played a game at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
Over 40,000 Americans were expected to attend the game between the two programs in Ireland.
Following this announcement, Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick shared the following statement:
“Our student-athletes have had great experiences competing in Ireland and are very disappointed not to be returning to Dublin in 2020. The change of venue has been a very difficult decision for our colleagues at the Naval Academy, but we are in full support of their choice. We are also grateful for everything our partners in Ireland have done to make this a smooth transition. We look forward to going back to Ireland for a game in the not too distant future.”