Navy and Notre Dame to Meet in San Diego?

It looks like the clash between Navy and Notre Dame could be on the move again if the powers that be in San Diego have anything to say about it. According to reports the San Diego Bowl Game Association is in talks with Navy to have the meeting with the Irish played in Qualcomm Stadium in either 2016 or 2018.

This is the same group which puts on the Holiday and Poinsettia Bowls, both of which have a long standing association with the Mids. Navy has played in the Poinsettia Bowl four times, including the first one in 2005, when it beat Colorado State 51-30, and last year, when it beat San Diego State 17-16. It also lost 35-32 to Utah in 2007 and lost 35-14 to San Diego State in 2010. With Navy moving into the AAC this fall, however, their bowl game will be much more random from now on.

That is why the game organizers have zeroed in on the game against Notre Dame as a marquee attraction to take to the West Coast. The large Navy presence in San Diego, and the general apathy to the in state programs, makes this a fit.

"It aligns with our mission of generating tourism for San Diego and exposure," Mark Neville, the executive director of the bowl game association, said Tuesday. "Of course Navy-Notre Dame would be a pretty attractive, high-profile event for our region. It certainly doesn't hurt to talk with them about it."

It is also an interesting idea because Notre Dame has never played in San Diego. Their brand though reaches all over the country of course so a game between the Mids and the Irish in Southern California would hope to draw very well from throughout the region.

This series has long been apt to moving venues in even numbered years. The even years are when Navy is the host and games have been played as far afield as Dublin, Ireland; Orlando, Florida: and in many of the NFL stadiums in the North East. With Navy trying to get the game hosted in an NFL stadium each time out it would not be any surprise at all to see this concept occur as soon as the 2016 season. After all, September/October in San Diego is not the worst place to be in the world.

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