Notre Dame-Navy game heading to San Diego in 2018

Mike Vorel
South Bend Tribune

The Notre Dame-Navy series has found yet another home.

The two teams will meet at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium in 2018, Navy announced on Wednesday.

"We are excited about the opportunity to play a regular-season game against Notre Dame in San Diego, which is a city filled with Navy and Marine Corps service men and women." Navy athletics director Chet Gladchuk said in a statement. “The partnership the Naval Academy has had with the bowl administration in San Diego has been extraordinary for well over a decade. This special matchup with Notre Dame will mirror in many ways the highly successful event format that has brought great success to the economy, city, and community over the years.

"We are so very pleased to bring the Navy family together again in this wonderful environment for what is always a highly competitive match up against two institutions with unparalleled national respect and tradition. We are all looking forward to 2018.”

It was also announced earlier this month that Notre Dame and Navy will play in Jacksonville in 2016. 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. San Diego hosts the largest naval fleet in the world and is home to over 120 tenant commands and more than 35,000 sailors, soldiers, Department of Defense civilian employees and contractors, which makes Qualcomm Stadium an appealing site for the match up.

Historically, the game has been played either on the last Saturday of October or the first Saturday of November.

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)