Five Places Navy and Notre Dame Should Play

It was announced this week that the 2014 Navy versus Notre Dame contest will take place at Fedex Field in Landover, Maryland. This game at the home of the Washington Redskins will continue the pattern where on odd years the game is played in South Bend while in even years it is played elsewhere, mainly at regional NFL stadia.

It was announced this week that the 2014 Navy versus Notre Dame contest will take place at Fedex Field in Landover, Maryland. This game at the home of the Washington Redskins will continue the pattern where on odd years the game is played in South Bend while in even years it is played elsewhere, mainly at regional NFL stadia. After Dublin this year it is clear that the two schools are open to breaking from tradition and racking up the air miles, so with that being the case here are five ideas as to places they should play as the series will continue through at least 2026.

1) Hawaii

What is not to like about this idea (unless you are the University of Hawaii). Great weather, an obvious tie in to the military both present and historically, and an easy travel trip which each team could theoretically make in any given season anyway. I am sure the fans wouldn't really complain about having to travel to Hawaii for a late summer vacation much either.

2) Tokyo, Japan

Of all the options on this list Tokyo is likely the one which would cause the most logistical problems. Asia is still a completely untapped market for college football so the teams would need assurance that the game would be marketed properly, but the players would be exposed to plenty culturally during the trip. The biggest factor in suggesting Tokyo however is its proximity to Yokosuka (40 miles south) which is the largest overseas US Naval Base in the world. Add in the number of ex pats in the Tokyo area, and the rest of Japan, and I think this would be a huge success.

3) Dublin, Ireland

Yes, this is a de facto home game for the Fighting Irish, but a stop in Dublin should be on the schedule about every ten years or so. The facilities are top notch, all the travel and safety plans are already proven to be effective, and the trip is more than manageable for two Eastern schools. Clearly the worries about the teams performances being affected as the season goes on have been put to rest this year as Notre Dame made it to the National Title game while Navy picked up their season in the second half to finish 8-4 and win the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy. Those facts alone should be enough for every to believe in the luck of the Irish.

4) London, England

In terms of travel London is only slightly more out of the way than Dublin and as the NFL has found out in recent years the market for football in the English capital is one that can certainly be tapped into. Wembley Stadium is one of the finest stadia in the world and with the transport links to Europe there would be fans from all over the continent coming in to watch the game. With constant rumors about an NFL team being based in London this would be the ideal time to strike and get the Navy and Notre Dame brands out there too.

5) Germany

Earlier this year UConn and Michigan State played a basketball game on Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany. Football is already huge in Germany (in the latter days of NFL Europe almost all the teams were based there) so common sense would suggest a Navy versus Notre Dame matchup would succeed there. Add in the huge US military presence in the country and you are on to a winning idea.

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