Report: Group pushing for Navy-Notre Dame game in San Diego

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Notre Dame running back Tarean Folston (25) runs away from Navy safety Parrish Gaines (2), linebacker Daniel Gonzales (58) and safety George Jamison (42) for a touchdown during the second half an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, in Landover, Md. Notre Dame won 49-39. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Notre Dame running back Tarean Folston (25) runs away from Navy safety Parrish Gaines (2), linebacker Daniel Gonzales (58) and safety George Jamison (42) for a touchdown during the second half an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, in Landover, Md. Notre Dame won 49-39. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

A group is pushing for a regular season game between Navy and Notre Dame to be played in San Diego.

According to the Associated Press, the San Diego Bowl Game Association – the group that puts on the Holiday and Poinsettia Bowls – is in “preliminary talks with Navy to move its home game against Notre Dame to Qualcomm Stadium in either 2016 or 2018.”

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The San Diego Bowl Game Association is certainly familiar with the folks at Navy. The Midshipmen have played in the Poinsettia Bowl four times – more than any other program. Most recently, Navy knocked off San Diego State 17-16 in last season’s game.

Mark Neville, the group’s executive director, said that Navy has been receptive to the idea, in large part due to the large Naval Base in the city.

“It aligns with our mission of generating tourism for San Diego and exposure,” Neville told the AP. “Of course Navy-Notre Dame would be a pretty attractive, high-profile event for our region. It certainly doesn’t hurt to talk with them about it.”

“Navy has a great fan base in San Diego. That’s kind of natural.”

Navy and Notre Dame have played on a yearly basis since 1927. Navy’s home games in the series are played in even-numbered years with recent games being played in Landover, Md., Dublin, Ireland, East Rutherford, N.J., and Baltimore.

The Fighting Irish are scheduled to host the Midshipmen in South Bend on Oct. 10 in this upcoming season.

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