May 8, 2008
Arizona State University and Notre Dame have completed an agreement for a college football game to be played in Arlington, Texas, on October 5, 2013, Vice President for University Athletics Lisa Love announced Thursday. The game will be played at the yet-to-be-completed Dallas Cowboys Stadium. It is currently under construction and will open in the summer of 2009. With a capacity of 80,000 fans, it will be home to Super Bowl XLV following the 2011 NFL season as well as the annual AT&T Cotton Bowl.
The contest is one of a series of future off-site "home" games for the Fighting Irish over the next decade.
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"We are excited to participate in this unique college football event in the new, state-of-the-art, stadium the Dallas Cowboys are building in Arlington," says Love. "We believe this will be a magnificent game for our fans and alumni. Our coaching staff recruits the state of Texas and this will only serve to assist in that area."
The Cowboys and the AT&T Cotton Bowl will combine to manage and market the game. ASU will receive an allotment of tickets for the game. NBC Sports will have the live television rights to the game, as with other Notre Dame home games.
ASU and Notre Dame already have an existing home/home series schedule for October 25, 2014, in Tempe and for September 16, 2017, in South Bend.
ASU and Notre Dame have met twice previously, with the Fighting Irish winning 28-9 in Tempe in 1998 and 48-17 in South Bend in 1999.