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Notre Dame looking at RJS for game

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But it doesn't necessarily mean the game would be against USF...

Notre Dame looking at RJS for game

By GREG AUMAN, Times Staff Writer

Published October 7, 2005

TAMPA - Raymond James Stadium is being considered as an option for Notre Dame to play off-site football games starting in 2009.

The Fighting Irish also are looking at Orlando and Jacksonville as options for playing an annual game that would count as an eighth home game. Notre Dame would likely rotate a Florida venue each year with games in the Northeast, including the Meadowlands in New Jersey.

Notre Dame senior associate athletic director John Heisler said Thursday that the Tampa Sports Authority had submitted basic information about Raymond James Stadium and why it could host a game. Heisler said the school is still creating business models for such a game, looking at existing off-campus games such as Florida-Georgia in Jacksonville.

"We're very interested in hosting those games and hope to talk more about it with Notre Dame," said Mickey Farrell, the TSA's director of operations.

Notre Dame also has committed to playing three games a year against Big East teams beginning in 2011, so the Irish could also be coming to Tampa as part of a home-and-home series with USF, which joined the Big East this year.

Notre Dame last played in Florida in January 2003, losing to North Carolina State in the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville.

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So do you all think the endzones would say "Buccaneers" for a Notre Dame game?  How about the white flag at the 50?

TSA should get "very interested" in improving their hosting of our games.  

I don't believe dropping $8K to paint the field is a big deal for the Irish.

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I hope that doesn't go through... that would be a huge slap in the face to us and UCF.

They wouldn't want to play us at RayJay because then it wouldn't be a home game for them.  I think we should schedule a home game for us in South Bend.

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I hope our administration would stongly oppose this! Bad enough we have to fight for the average fan against the bucs and bolts but then to have an annual game from the Irish? First TSA tazers our students, now they try and displace our home field all together?

I never really bought into this campus stadium thing but things like this sure have me teetering a bit

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