It’s official: the Fighting Irish will be spending late December in the Big Apple.
Following up on speculation that has been making the rounds of late, Notre Dame confirmed Saturday afternoon that it has accepted an invitation to play in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl. The fourth version of the postseason game will be played Dec. 28 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.
It will mark the storied football program’s first-ever postseason game in the metropolitan New York area.
“Quite simply, we are thrilled to bring our football program to the New Era Pinstripe Bowl,” said Irish head coach Brian Kelly in a statement. “We were privileged to play in New York City and Yankee Stadium in 2010. The treatment our University received from the Steinbrenner family, the New York Yankees and the entire organization was unlike anything we’ve experienced in my tenure at Notre Dame.”
Notre Dame will face an undetermined opponent from the AAC. If Rutgers beats USF later on today and becomes bowl eligible, the Scarlet Knights are expected to get the invitation. If Rutgers stumbles, Houston is expected to get the nod.