What was widely reported last week became official Monday. Notre Dame and Army will renew their storied rivalry Nov. 20, 2010, in the first college football game at new Yankee Stadium. No kickoff time has been announced.
"We could not be more excited about bringing ‘big-time’ college football back to Yankee Stadium,” said Army AD Kevin Anderson in a news conference at Yankee Stadium. “I think it’s very fitting that one of the most historically significant rivalries in the history of college football ushers the sport back to Yankee Stadium. At one time, the Army-Notre Dame game at Yankee Stadium was one of the most anticipated matchups in every college football season.”
Army and Notre Dame played every year at Yankee Stadium from 1925 to 1946, the 1946 game being hailed as "The Game of the Century" with No. 1 Army and No. 2 Notre Dame playing to a scoreless tie. That was the only game to feature four Heisman Trophy winners - Glenn Davis and Doc Blanchard of Army and Johnny Lujack and Leon Hart of Notre Dame.
The teams played at New York's Ebbets Field in 1923. In 1924 they played at the Polo Grounds in New York in one of the most famous games in college football history, when writer Grantland Rice immortalized "The Four Horsemen."
The 2010 Army-Notre Dame matchup will mark the first college football game at the home of the Yankees since Grambling hosted Central State in the Whitney M. Young Urban Classic on September 12, 1987 at the original Yankee Stadium.
"As a longtime Yankee fan, I'm thrilled to have the opportunity for Notre Dame to be a part of this event. I think this will be the kind of game that our players will remember long after it's over," Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis said at the news conference.
Army and Notre Dame have also played neutral-site games at old Soldier Field in Chicago, the old JFK Stadium in Philadelphia, Shea Stadium in New York, and the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J.
Army will be returning to Yankee Stadium in 2011 to play Rutgers, media outlets also reported Monday.
The Newark Star-Ledger reported that another major news conference had been scheduled for Wednesday morning at Yankee Stadium.
Syracuse also could play Army at Yankee Stadium in future years.
Tony Guadagnoli is the National College Football Examiner. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org