Boilermakers and Irish to meet in Indy

Purdue and Notre Dame will play at Lucas Oil Stadium next season, as officially announced on Thursday.

The longstanding rivalry between Purdue and Notre Dame will move to Indianapolis for the first time in 30 years. The two teams will meet at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 13.

This contest will remain a Notre Dame home game, but Purdue will be allotted 10,000 tickets, twice the usual amount.

"We are excited to bring this great instate rivalry game to Indianapolis next season," Purdue athletics director Morgan Burke said in a statement. "Both schools have great fan and alumni bases there, so it will make for an entertaining evening of college football."

The Boilermakers and Fighting Irish last met in Indianapolis in 1984, commemorating the opening of the new Hoosier Dome. Purdue upset No. 8 Notre Dame, 23-21, in a game played before 60,672 fans.

Purdue and Notre Dame first met in 1896 and have played in each of the last 66 years. However, the 2014 contest will be the last in the series until 2020. The Big Ten's shift to a nine-game conference slate combined with Notre Dame's ACC scheduling obligations have made planning this rivalry a difficult task.

Burke and Notre Dame athletics director Jack Swarbrick have been able to plan games for 2020, 2021, 2024, 2025 and 2026, with games beyond that date being planned.

"Jack and I tried everything we could to keep the series going without interruption," Burke said. "But, between the Big Ten going to a nine-game schedule and Notre Dame's affiliation with the Atlantic Coast Conference, it just didn't work out. The series is important to both schools, and we are pleased that we are able to extend it through 2026."

Purdue also announced a home-and-home with Virginia Tech for 2015 in West Lafayette and 2023 in Blacksburg, Va., along with one with Missouri for 2017 in Columbia, Mo., and 2018 at Ross-Ade Stadium.

The Boilermakers open their 2014 slate on August 30 against Western Michigan.

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Northwestern Wildcats, and currently covers the Purdue Boilermakers. A Chicago native, he resides in West Lafayette.
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