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Notre Dame officially accepts Pinstripe Bowl invite

Temple Notre Dame Football AP

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.

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12 Responses to “Notre Dame officially accepts Pinstripe Bowl invite”
  1. dcandyman1 says: Dec 7, 2013 1:12 PM

    thought these invitations werent suppose to come out till after sunday? What makes them so special there not even a good footbal team anymore

  2. jdillydawg says: Dec 7, 2013 1:12 PM

    Bowl names crack me up. I think they missed the call on having New Era be the lead sponsor though. Would have been great to call it the Mens Wearhouse Pinstripe Bowl.

    We could all watch the game in our suits while enjoying our corporate suit(e)s.

  3. handsofsweed says: Dec 7, 2013 1:19 PM

    Kind of an amazing stat in that ND has never played in NYC until now. I would have bet the farm that the Irish played Army at Yankee Stadium back between the 1920’s and 50’s at least once. Good thing I don’t own a farm, I guess.

  4. maikoch says: Dec 7, 2013 1:24 PM

    “It will mark the storied football program’s first-ever game in the metropolitan New York area.”

    This is not even remotely correct. Army has used Yankee Stadium, off and on, as its home field over the course of the last century. As such, Notre Dame has played Army in New York on 22 occasions, the most recent coming in 2010.

  5. normtide says: Dec 7, 2013 1:27 PM

    I’m taking it that nix won’t play in this game? Since he already signed with an agent.

  6. irishking says: Dec 7, 2013 1:32 PM

    Great news for the Subway Alumni. I kind of like the name ‘Pinstripe’ because it reminds me of former Yankee greats Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Roger Maris, and many others.

  7. raysfan1 says: Dec 7, 2013 1:34 PM

    “It will mark the storied football program’s first-ever 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.'”

    Statement 1 is wrong and obviously contradicted by statement 2.

  8. John Taylor says: Dec 7, 2013 1:44 PM

    Yeah, forgetting the word “postseason” was an oversight on my part.

  9. raysfan1 says: Dec 7, 2013 2:05 PM

    Ah, okay, JT. That makes sense now, thanks.

  10. wisconsinhillfolk says: Dec 7, 2013 4:07 PM

    Just what the fuck is a New Era Pinstripe Bowl?

  11. CBFAN says: Dec 7, 2013 5:22 PM

    wisconsinhillfolk says:
    Dec 7, 2013 4:07 PM
    Just what the fuck is a New Era Pinstripe Bowl?
    ================================

    LOL

  12. totallysirius says: Dec 7, 2013 6:23 PM

    Pinstripe bowl?

    That ranks lower than the Tidy Bowl.

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