It’s not Annapolis, but the Navy vs. Notre Dame football rivalry is returning to the state of Maryland.
The 2022 edition of the game will be played on Nov. 12 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, home of the NFL’s Ravens. The game will be televised by ABC or ESPN as part of the American Athletic Conference’s television deal.
“Every time we come to Baltimore the Navy football family has an extraordinary experience in one of the finest facilities in all of sports,” Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk said in a statement.
The Midshipmen and Fighting Irish haven’t played in Baltimore since 2008. That day, Notre Dame took a 27-21 victory. The 2022 game will mark the 23rd time Navy and Notre Dame have played in Charm City.
“Having Navy play here creates a special event that the whole area embraces,” said Dick Cass, President of the Baltimore Ravens. “Because of the historical prominence and popularity of Navy and Notre Dame, this game will also produce regional and national attention, including visitors from around the country.”
Before 2020, Navy and Notre Dame had the longest uninterrupted intersectional rivalry in college football, playing each other each season since 1927. But the COVID-19 pandemic forced every squad in the sport to rejigger their schedules. The 2020 matchup was initially moved from Dublin, Ireland to Annapolis, and then canceled altogether in August after the Irish joined the ACC for a season.
The meeting between Navy and Notre Dame this season will be played in South Bend, Indiana on Nov. 6 at 3:30 p.m. EST on NBC. The Irish hold a commanding 77-13-1 record against the Mids, but Ken Niumatalolo has led Navy to three wins in the series since taking the reins from Paul Johnson in 2008.