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Yankee Stadium hosts a premier college football matchup this weekend as theShamrock Series featuring No. 3-ranked Notre Dame (10-0) vs. No. 12-ranked Syracuse (8-2) takes place on Saturday, November 17, at 2:30 p.m. The game will be nationally televised by NBC.


Stadium Gates 6 and 8, along with the Suite entrance, will open to ticketholders at noon. All other Stadium Gates will open at 1:00 p.m.


Saturday’s game marks the highest-ranked matchup of college football teams in New York City since Oct. 11, 1947, when No. 5 Army and No. 6 Illinois played to a 0-0 tie at the original Yankee Stadium. It also marks the first time a top-20 ranked Notre Dame team has played in New York City since Frank Leahy’s No. 2 Notre Dame squad fought to a 0-0 tie against No. 1 Army on November 9, 1946, in front of 74,000 fans at the original Yankee Stadium. That game featured four eventual Heisman Trophy winners with Army’s Doc Blanchard (1945) and Glenn Davis (1946), along with Notre Dame’s Johnny Lujack (1947) and Leon Hart (1949).


“The University of Notre Dame and our football program has great respect for the history and tradition of the New York Yankees and Yankee Stadium,” said Notre Dame Head Football Coach Brian Kelly. “That’s why both of these brands mirror one another so well. Both Notre Dame and the Yankees own a storied tradition built around winning championships. That’s why we’re excited about being in New York City and playing at Yankee Stadium this weekend.”


“We are thrilled to be hosting the Shamrock Series matchup between Notre Dame and Syracuse at Yankee Stadium, especially given the enormous implications it will have on this year’s bowl season,” said Yankees Vice President of Non-Baseball Sports Events Mark Holtzman. “Notre Dame is iconic in the world of college football and has a long history of playing legendary games in the Bronx. Syracuse has had a remarkable season of its own and will also enjoy tremendous support. Being able to hold a game such as this represents the continued fulfillment of our vision of Yankee Stadium as a preeminent venue for marquee college football.”


The Notre Dame–Syracuse matchup at Yankee Stadium will mark the ninth installment of the Shamrock Series, an event in which the Irish play a scheduled home game at a neutral site. In addition to the game, the weekend features various off-the-field events aimed at bringing the full Notre Dame campus fan experience on the road to cities around the country. Presentations by University faculty and researchers, a celebration of the Holy Mass and a community service project are planned leading up to kickoff.


Additionally, fans can enjoy performances by the Notre Dame Marching Band on Friday at 4:00 p.m. in Bryant Park and on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Macombs Dam Park adjacent to Yankee Stadium.


Notre Dame and Syracuse will each be making their third appearances at the current Yankee Stadium.


The Fighting Irish appeared in the current Stadium’s first college football game on November 20, 2010, defeating Army, 27-3, in front of the Stadium’s largest-ever crowd of 54,251. Notre Dame was also victorious in the 2013 New Era Pinstripe Bowl, topping Rutgers, 29-16.


The Orange are two-time New Era Pinstripe Bowl champions, defeating Kansas State, 36-34, in the inaugural 2010 contest and besting West Virginia, 38-14, in 2012.


Notre Dame and Syracuse have played on eight previous occasions all time, with the Irish leading the series, 5-3. One of the meetings took place at the original Yankee Stadium — a 14-7 Syracuse win on Thanksgiving Day in 1963. In the most recent game between the teams, Notre Dame won, 50-33, on Oct. 1, 2016, at a neutral site.


Michael Margolis
Director, Baseball Information and Public Communications
New York Yankees

Twitter: @yankeespr and @losyankeespr

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