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Shamrock Series in 2014 will be Purdue-ND in Indianapolis

Dec 19, 2013, 2:06 PM EDT


Purdue confirmed this afternoon that their date with Notre Dame next year will in fact take place in Lucas Oil Stadium. Notre Dame will “host” the Boilermakers in their 2014 Shamrock Series game, an all Indiana affair.

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

While a game with Purdue in both team’s home state doesn’t quite “feel” like what the Shamrock Series is all about, both schools scratched to find a way to keep the in-state rivalry moving forward. But Burke announced that the series between the two schools would also take a break, with both schools feeling a scheduling crunch, thanks to the Big Ten’s commitment to nine conference games and Notre Dame’s contracted five ACC games starting next year.

Notre Dame will next play Purdue in 2020, visiting West Lafayette after a six season break. The two teams will trade home games in 2020 and 2021, again in 2024 and 2025, before playing a neutral site game in 2026.

“Jack (Swarbrick) 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.” 


  1. irishdodger - Dec 19, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    Personally, I don’t have a problem with this venue b/c it should still be as close to a home game as one can get. However, I thought the Shamrock Series was primarily to expand the ND brand & play where fertile recruiting grounds are located?

    • nudeman - Dec 20, 2013 at 5:31 PM

      ND’s least compelling opponent in a preposterously uninteresting venue … because … why?

      Purdue AD must have some Polaroids

  2. andy44teg - Dec 19, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Jack Swarbrick to Purdue AD-

    “Hey i was just wondering if we could back out of our football games in the future and end playing you guys every year since 194-whatever?”

    Purdue AD-



    “I tell ya what…how ’bout I let you play us in the Shamrock series at Lucas Oil Field in 2014??…It’ll be really fun!!”

    Purdue AD-


    • irishpuma - Dec 19, 2013 at 11:57 PM

      You forgot the part where the Ad’s got excited cuz they can dress their teams in horrendous uniforms and sell a little more product.

  3. stedward - Dec 19, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    Armed forces Radio Network is reporting that artificial turf could be put in place for next season along with video boards in the corners by the 2015 season.

  4. irishaggie - Dec 19, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    Where we really need Shamrock Series games is in Atlanta, New Orleans, or Miami. Oh well at least the win streak will continue.

  5. brothertrip - Dec 19, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    I thought the Shamrock Series was to increase the brand and to help with recruiting in the areas the game is played in. It would make more sense in the future to have the game played in California or Florida (good recruiting areas where the game hasnt been played yet).

    I know its tougher because ND has to sacrifice a home game in Notre Dame stadium, so they aren’t going to play the shamrock series against SC or Stanford. What about the idea of playing Navy in San Diego, or possibly coming up playing an ACC opponent in Florida.

    I feel like these games need to be played where the best pools of recruits are from.

    • irishpuma - Dec 20, 2013 at 12:02 AM

      I dunno about all that it is just big dollar tv game and stadiums pay for the honor. We will be playing ACC games in Florida…Florida State ring a bell? We go to Cali every year, New york with yankee stadium and Pin stripe bowl, original shamrock in Dallas…..TV everywhere..I think we have it covered. I say we just do Dallas every year and tap the Texas market.

      I only like it to see what type of hideous creation they will make those poor boys wear every year!! At first I though it was some sort of primitive hazing ritual.

  6. scottatnd - Dec 21, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    The Purdue game is one that I wouldn’t care if it was gone forever. Hard to get excited for it unless it’s the season opener.
    We get criticized if we win 50-0 or 10-9. And God help us if we lose.

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