Sean MacDonald, Stadium Journey

Navy to Play Notre Dame at MetLife in 2020

The Mids and the Fighting Irish are set to continue their nationwide tour in 2020 by playing at Metlife Stadium in New Jersey.

On Saturday the Mids and Notre Dame will meet for the 90th consecutive year. The 2016 edition of the game is a Navy home contest and in recent years that has meant that the game moves to an NFL (or similar) stadium somewhere in the world so that a huge number of fans can see what has become a marquee matchup. This year the game will be played in Jacksonville, Flordia, and with the buildup and anticipation for the clash this was a great time to announce a future venue.

Officials at the Naval Academy and at MetLife stadium announced on Thursday that the Mids and the Fighting Irish will be bringing the 2020 edition of the game to the shadows of New York City. The contest will be played at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, home to the New York Giants and New York Jets of the NFL. This is an interesting choice for the venue as it is much closer to the Mids home in Annapolis than some of the recent (and future) clashes between the two schools.

When the game happens it will mark the fourth appearance at the stadium for Notre Dame and the second for Navy at MetLife Stadium. The facility does have good memories for the Mids as they defeated Notre Dame convincingly by a 35-17 scoreline in the stadium's inaugural season in 2010.

Notre Dame leads the all-time series against Navy 76-12-1, but the Mids have been more competitive in recent years under head coach Ken Niumatalolo. Recent stops in the series have included Orlando (2000), Baltimore (2002, 2006, 2008), and Dublin, Ireland (2012). The two schools will take their longest mainland US trip yet in 2018 when they travel to play in San Diego, Califonia. That location is an outstanding one for the Mids given the Navy and military presence in the city and its surrounding area.


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