Notre Dame Moves Rivalry Game Again
The Fighting Irish will again play one of their storied rivals in a different location in 2016. For the 90th time, the Notre Dame and Navy football programs will match up against one another in the regular season. However when that matchup does in fact happen in 2016, it will not be on either team's home field. Instead both schools have decided to move the game to Everbank Field in Jacksonville, Florida. Jacksonville will be the 7th different city to host the rivalry game in the last sixteen matchups. Notre Dame currently owns a 75-12 victories lead in the all time rivalry.
Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk released a statement expressing his excitement for the game's new location.
"My sincerest gratitude to everyone in Jacksonville for the wonderful support extended in making this historic college football match-up happen in the great state of Florida can't imagine more energy, enthusiasm, and community involvement taking place anywhere else in the country, The Academy and the Navy are 'all in' for what should be a fan experience never to be forgotten"
Everbank Field currently serves as the home field for the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars but it also serves host to many other college football games. The rivalry formerly known as "The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party" between the University of Florida Gators and University of Georgia Bulldogs is played at Everbank Field. In addition the January bowl game The TaxSlayer Bowl (formerly known as the Gator Bowl) is played in the stadium as well. Notre Dame and Navy will play this season's game in South Bend, Indiana on October 10th.