The official announcement has been made - Notre Dame has accepted an invitation to play in the Pinstripe Bowl. The game will take place on Saturday, Dec. 28 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. Various reports came out Friday night and Notre Dame made the news official Saturday afternoon.
Notre Dame had been in the mix for possible slots in the Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego, the Hawaii Bowl and had recently been projected by at least one outlet to play in the Texas Bowl in Houston, but Notre Dame will head to the cooler climes of New York City instead.
The Pinstripe Bowl has a $1.8 million payout per team. The No. 7 team from the Big 12 was slated to play the No. 4 team from the American Athletic Conference, but the Irish will take the Big 12's slot, because the conference does not have seven bowl eligible teams. Houston is Notre Dame's likely opponent.
Notre Dame defensive lineman Jarron Jones, a New York native, couldn't contain himself on Friday - Tweeting "PINSTRIPE BOWL!!!!!! Coming home!!!!!
#yankeestadium!!!!" after hearing the news.
The Fighting Irish last played at Yankee Stadium in 2010 when they beat Army 27-3. The inaugural Pinstripe Bowl was held that same year.