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Terps, Irish officially set for FedEx Field in 2011

While it was already common knowledge in late January, Maryland and Notre Dame officially confirmed their November 12, 2011 game will be held in FedEx Field.

This from Notre Dame’s official release:

Notre Dame and Maryland will face each other on the football field for only the second time in history on Nov. 12, 2011, when the Fighting Irish and Terrapins meet at 91,704-seat FedExField in Landover, Md.

The game will be the third of a series of “off-site” home football games for Notre Dame in which the Irish are taking games that could be played at Notre Dame Stadium and moving them to venues around the country. The first of those was played Oct. 31, 2009, when Notre Dame and Washington State met at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The second will be played Nov. 20, 2010, at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, N.Y., between Notre Dame and Army. Notre Dame and Arizona State are slated to meet in 2013 at the Dallas Cowboys’ new stadium in Arlington, Texas.

NBC Sports is expected to televise the Notre Dame-Maryland game on a national basis in prime time.

“As we have looked to move one game a season around the country, playing in the Washington, D.C., area seemed a natural for us in terms of institutional fit,” said Notre Dame athletics director Jack Swarbrick.

A game in the D.C. area makes a lot of sense, and there are plenty of alums in the area that’ll enjoy a chance to see the Irish. While the 7-4-1 schedule certainly brings a lot of headaches, the early returns on the neutral site games are good.

(Whether that means they should stay is another story completely...)