Thursday, February 17, 2011

Temple to play three-game series with Notre Dame

The Temple University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced a new three-game football scheduling agreement with perennial powerhouse University of Notre Dame during a media conference on Thursday.

The Owls will host the Fighting Irish in Philadelphia in 2014 (Oct. 11), marking Notre Dame’s first appearance at Lincoln Financial Field.  Temple will visit South Bend, Ind., during the 2015 (Sept. 26) season. The third game (date has yet to be determined) will be played at Notre Dame.

“Temple is pleased to announce our new agreement with Notre Dame, one of the truly great programs in the history of college football,” said Temple Athletic Director Bill Bradshaw. “This is an exciting opportunity for Temple University, our football program, and the best sport fans anywhere-- here in Philadelphia. We are committed to playing the best programs in the country, and Notre Dame fits perfectly into our vision of bringing the best to the City of Philadelphia for our alumni and our fans.”

“We are excited to have the opportunity to play Notre Dame,” said head coach Steve Addazio, who coached at Notre Dame (1999-2001) for three seasons. “This series is good for our players, our fans, and Philadelphia. Notre Dame’s football tradition and national recognition are second to none. Playing strong non-conference opponents is a part of our blueprint, and Temple fans will not be disappointed.”

Despite their extensive football histories, the schools have never met on the gridiron.  Notre Dame, however, has played in the City of Philadelphia 16 times since 1928, posting a 14-1-1 record before nearly a million fans. The Fighting Irish have visited Penn five times at Franklin Field, going 4-1 against the Quakers from 1930 to 1955.  Notre Dame has also played at Municipal/JFK Stadium eight times and at Veterans Stadium twice.

It’s been nearly 20 years since a Notre Dame football team has played in Philadelphia, so we're excited about the opportunity to do so, in the process playing a Temple program for the first time in our history,” Notre Dame Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick said.

“Temple’s football team is clearly a program on the rise, and it will pose great tests for us each year we play,” Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly said. “We’re looking forward to bringing the Fighting Irish back to Philadelphia and providing our strong East Coast fan base another opportunity to see its team in person.”

Temple football, a member of the Mid-American Conference since 2007, continues to play strong non-conference opponents. Last fall Temple announced a three-game series extension with Penn State through 2016, and a new four-game series with regional foe Rutgers through 2018.

Temple 2011 Football season tickets are on sale now for as low as $15 per game.  Catch the Owls in action versus Villanova, Army, and Penn State at Lincoln Financial Field.  Call the Temple Ticket Sales Office at 215-204-8499 or visit

Notre Dame Football History in Philadelphia
Date                                      Opponent                           Score                     Stadium (attendance)
Nov. 3, 1928                       vs. Penn State                   W, 9-0                   Franklin Field (30,000)
Nov. 8, 1930                       at Pennsylvania                W, 60-20              Franklin Field (75, 657)
Sept. 27, 1952                    at Pennsylvania                T, 7-7                     Franklin Field (74,518)
Nov. 7, 1953                       at Pennsylvania                W, 28-20              Franklin Field (74,711)
Nov. 6, 1954                       at Pennsylvania                W, 42-7                 Franklin Field (61,189)
Nov. 5, 1955                       at Pennsylvania                W, 46-14              Franklin Field (45,226)
Oct. 12, 1957                      vs. Army                              W, 23-21              Municipal Stadium (95,000)
Oct. 29, 1960                      vs. Navy                               L, 7-14                   Municipal Stadium (63,000)
Nov. 3, 1962                       vs. Navy                               W, 20-12              Municipal Stadium (35,000)
Oct. 31, 1964                      vs. Navy                               W, 40-0                 JFK Stadium (66,752)
Oct. 29, 1966                      vs. Navy                               W, 31-7                 JFK Stadium (70,101)
Nov. 2, 1968                       vs. Navy                               W, 45-14              JFK Stadium (63,738)
Oct. 31, 1970                      vs. Navy                               W, 56-7                 JFK Stadium (45,226)
Nov. 4, 1972                       vs. Navy                               W, 42-23              JFK Stadium (43,089)
Nov. 2, 1974                       vs. Navy                               W, 14-6                 Veterans Stadium (48,634)
Oct. 30, 1993                      vs. Navy                               W, 58-27              Veterans Stadium (61,813)
Totals                                    16 games                             14-1-1                   953,654 fans (59,603 average)

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