Notre Dame-Navy game could be headed to San Diego


Mike Vorel
South Bend Tribune

The annual series between Notre Dame and Navy could soon make a stop at a new locale.

Navy and the San Diego Bowl Games Association are in negotiations to have the game played at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium in 2018, according to the Capital Gazette.

The series, which has been played 88 times since the first meeting in 1927, is hosted by Navy in even years. However, Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium has never hosted the game due to attendance restrictions, forcing it to be played in a professional venue.

Last season's 49-39 Notre Dame victory was held at Fed Ex Field in Landover, Md., and drew just 36,807 fans, the lowest attendance total in the history of the series. Because of the six major naval bases in the San Diego area as well as the team's strong fan draw to the Poinsettia Bowl in recent years, both Navy and the San Diego Bowl Games Association believe a Notre Dame-Navy game in San Diego would be well-attended.

Historically, the game has been played either on the last Saturday of October or the first Saturday of November. Navy has also yet to announce where the rivalry game will be played in 2016.

Notre Dame’s Everett Golson talks to Navy’s Parrish Gaines following the Notre Dame-Navy NCAA college football game on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2014, at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. Notre Dame defeated Navy 49-39. SBT Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN