Notre Dame’s coast-to-coast scheduling will add a new port.
When the Irish face the Midshipmen for the 92nd straight season in 2018, the game will be staged in San Diego at Qualcomm Stadium, home – for now – of the San Diego Chargers. The West Coast relocation of the Notre Dame-Navy series will be a departure from the regularly staged mid-Atlantic stops in Baltimore and Washington D.C.
Notre Dame and Navy went international three years ago in Dublin, Ireland and will play a year from now in Jacksonville, which was announced earlier this month.
The San Diego game is set for Oct. 27.
San Diego adds a new venue for the series and one with a military presence. According to the Naval Academy, the city hosts the largest naval fleet in the world and is home to more than 35,000 personnel.
For Notre Dame, a second West Coast trip during the 2018 season could be an exposure boost in recruiting as it will precede the Thanksgiving weekend trip to USC. The last time Notre Dame played twice in California in one season was 2007 when it beat UCLA in the Rose Bowl and lost at Stanford to close the worst campaign in school history.
Despite that inglorious recent history, getting to the coasts has been a priority for Notre Dame in scheduling. Now they’ll hit California twice in one campaign.
Road dates for the ‘18 season are Virginia Tech (Oct. 13), Navy (Oct. 27), Northwestern (Nov. 3), Wake Forest (Nov. 17) and USC (Nov. 24), an unbalanced home-and-away slate where Notre Dame will play four true road games in the season’s final five weeks.
The Irish will host Ball State (Sept. 8), Syracuse (Sept. 22), Pittsburgh (Oct. 20), Florida State (Nov. 10) and Stanford (TBD) that season with room remaining for a high-profile home-and-home opponent in addition to the Shamrock Series.