2012 Dublin game set for Aviva Stadium

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Details on the highly-anticipated Navy-Notre Dame game set for Sept 1, 2012 in Dublin were announced today. The game will be played in the recently completed Aviva Stadium, Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk announced.

Here’s more from the official release:

“To see this stadium is to believe it has to be one of the finest
venues in the world,” said Gladchuk. “Although modest in capacity, few
stadiums anywhere have attended to the detail, aesthetics and fan
comfort found at Aviva. I guarantee those who travel to Ireland and
attend this event will enjoy an experience that will be awesome and a
memory not to be forgotten. Navy is very much looking forward to our
visit and the wonderful experience we expect our coaches, players, fans
and friends will enjoy.”

“We are all delighted that Navy has chosen Aviva Stadium for its
game against Notre Dame in 2012,” said Murphy. “We fully realize just
how important this game is in the U.S. sporting calendar and we are
looking forward to hosting what will undoubtedly be a fantastic event.
The selection of Aviva Stadium for this game is a huge endorsement of
the stadium and it is a terrific boost for Irish tourism as I have no
doubt the teams’ fans will travel in great numbers. We are confident
they will have a memorable time in Ireland.”

The $410 million four level state-of-the art facility opened in May
and has a seating capacity of 50,000 with all seats under cover. The
stadium consists of continuous curvilinear shaped stands enclosing all
four sides of the ground. The South, East and West stands have four
tiers of seating for spectators, while the bottom and top tiers provide
the main volume of seats. The second tier of the stadium consists of
10,000 club seats and the third tier houses 36 luxury suites.

The stadium was designed by Populous (formerly HOK Sport
Architecture) in conjunction with local Dublin-based Scott Tallon
Walker. Populous, one of the world’s leading sports architecture firms,
had previously been involved in projects such as Reliant Stadium, Heinz
Field, Yankee Stadium, Camden Yards and the Sydney Olympic Stadium.
Currently they are working on a number of the facilities for the 2012
Olympic Games in London.

If there’s one game that’s on my “bucket list” of football games I’d like to see in person, I’ve got to put the Dublin game at the top.*

You can see photos of the new stadium here, and it looks absolutely incredible.

*A complete aside, but talk about a great conversation topic. I spent
an hour or so discussing future Notre Dame games that we’d like to see
with a few buddies during a tailgate last season and most of us decided
that it’d be at a BCS Championship Game, or in the Rose Bowl on January
1st, but this is definitely the best destination game we could think
of…