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2014 Purdue-Notre Dame Football Game Set for Indianapolis

December 20, 2013
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PURDUE SPORTS RELEASE

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -The 2014 football game between Purdue and Notre Dame will be played in Indianapolis rather than South Bend, Ind.

The Sept. 13 game will be played at Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Indianapolis Colts. Kickoff will be 7:30 p.m. ET, and the game will be televised by NBC.

"We are excited to bring this great instate rivalry game to Indianapolis next season," Purdue athletics director Morgan Burke said. "Both schools have great fan and alumni bases there, so it will make for an entertaining evening of college football."

The game will remain a home contest for Notre Dame. However, Purdue will have access to some 10,000 seats - twice the normal visiting-school allotment - on the Boilermakers' side of the field throughout all levels of Lucas Oil Stadium.

Ticket prices will be announced later.

Purdue and Notre Dame last met in the capital city of Indiana on Sept. 8, 1984, for the dedication of the Colts' former home facility, the Hoosier Dome. Purdue upset eighth-ranked Notre Dame 23-21 in front of 60,672 fans.

Following the 2014 game, the Boilermakers and the Fighting Irish will next meet Sept. 19, 2020, at Purdue. The teams subsequently will play Sept. 18, 2021, at Notre Dame; Sept. 14, 2024, at Purdue; Sept. 13, 2025, at Notre Dame; and in 2026 on a date and at a neutral site location to be determined.

The schools' athletics directors, Burke and Jack Swarbrick, are working on additional dates beyond 2026, with the next scheduled game to be played at Purdue.

"Jack and I tried everything we could to keep the series going without interruption," Burke said. "But, between the Big Ten going to a nine-game schedule and Notre Dame's affiliation with the Atlantic Coast Conference, it just didn't work out. The series is important to both schools, and we are pleased that we are able to extend it through 2026."

Future Schedules Update

In conjunction with today's announcement that the Purdue-Notre Dame football game in 2014 will be played at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, the following updates to future schedules were revealed:

* Purdue will play host to Virginia Tech at Ross-Ade Stadium on Sept. 19, 2015, and travel to Blacksburg, Va., for a game Sept. 9, 2023. Lane Stadium/Worsham Field in Blacksburg has a capacity of 65,632 and features Bermuda grass, similar to Ross-Ade. The Boilermakers and the Hokies have not met previously.

* The previously scheduled home game against Eastern Kentucky on Sept. 9, 2017, will be moved to Sept. 3, 2016, while the previously scheduled home game against Cincinnati on Sept. 3, 2016, will move to Sept. 10, 2016.

Purdue's schedules now are complete for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 seasons.

In addition, Purdue and Missouri are in the process of finalizing an agreement for a home-and-home series in 2017 and 2018.

Purdue will travel to Columbia, Mo., on Sept. 16, 2017, and play host to the Tigers on Sept. 15, 2018. Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field in Columbia has a capacity of 71,004 and features a FieldTurf playing surface. The Boilermakers and the Tigers have met eight times previously, with Purdue holding a 6-2 advantage. The teams last met Dec. 27, 1980, with the Boilermakers winning 28-25 in the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tenn. The last regular-season meeting was Sept. 29, 1956, a 16-7 Purdue victory at Ross-Ade. The Boilermakers are 4-0 at home, 0-1 in Columbia (14-7 loss in 1953) and 2-1 at neutral sites. The teams played in St. Louis in 1895 and 1904.


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