Notre Dame, Navy game headed to Jacksonville in 2016

IRISH STEW

Mike Vorel
South Bend Tribune

Who's ready for Jacksonville in November?

That's where Notre Dame and Navy will play their annual game on Nov. 5, 2016, according to a report by News 4 Jacksonville. The two teams will meet on EverBank Field, home of the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars.

The series, which Notre Dame will host this season, was played at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., last season and in Dublin, Ireland, in 2012. The series 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.

The Jacksonville Sports Council has a press conference set for Wednesday to formalize the announcement. The programs will sign on to play in Jacksonville for a one-year contract.

Two more of Notre Dame's games in November of 2016 will be played in warm-weather climates, as the Irish host Army inside the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, on Nov. 12 and finish their season at USC on Nov. 26.

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly, left, greets Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo after a game on Nov. 1, 2014, in Landover, Md. The two teams will reportedly meet in Jacksonville, Fla., in Nov. 2016. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)