Notre Dame accepts bid to play in Pinstripe Bowl

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Notre Dame has made it official. They’ll be heading to New York City for bowl season. The Irish accepted an invitation to the New Era Pinstripe Bowl today, both the New York Yankees and Notre Dame announced.

The game will take place on Saturday, December 28 at 12:15 p.m. ET. The Irish will take on a still unnamed team from the American Athletic Conference, likely Rutgers or Houston.

“We are thrilled to welcome Notre Dame and its student-athletes, alumni and devoted fan base back to New York City and Yankee Stadium to play in the 2013 New Era Pinstripe Bowl,” said Mark Holtzman, Executive Director of the New Era Pinstripe Bowl. “No two organizations in the history of American sport are more closely intertwined with such a rich and wonderful history as the New York Yankees and Notre Dame.”

Notre Dame released a quote from head coach Brian Kelly as well.

“Quite simply, we are thrilled to bring our football program to the New Era Pinstripe Bowl,” said Kelly in a statement. “We were privileged to play in New York City and Yankee Stadium in 2010. The treatment our University received from the Steinbrenner family, the New York Yankees and the entire organization was unlike anything we’ve experienced in my tenure at Notre Dame.”

The Pinstripe Bowl is the youngest of the 35 bowls being played, started in 2010. This will be the Irish’s 33rd postseason bowl in the school’s history, and the fourth straight for Brian Kelly’s Irish.