Jacksonville, Florida will serve as the neutral site for the annual Navy-Notre Dame game in 2016.
The Jacksonville Sports Council announced on Wednesday that the yearly rivalry game will be played at EverBank Field, home of the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars, on November 5th. This will be the second of two consecutive neutral-site college football rivalry games to be played there, with the Georgia Bulldogs and the Florida Gators hooking up in the infamous “World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party” game the previous weekend.
JSC president and CEO said, “I would like to thank athletic director Chuck Gladchuck and the Naval Academy for entrusting us with the time-honored tradition of the Navy-Notre Dame game.” Navy will be the home team in the 2016 match up.
This isn’t the first time the Navy-Notre Dame rivalry has traveled to the “Sunshine State.” The two teams met in Orlando back in 2000.
The 2016 game will be the 90th consecutive football meeting between the two schools. The current 88-game streak is the longest uninterrupted intersectional rivalry in college football. The two first squared off in 1927.
This season’s game will be the first between the two in which Navy has had a conference affiliation. The service academy officially joined the AAC earlier this month.
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