Irish closing in on deal with Purdue to play in Indy in 2014

Notre Dame is closing on a deal to play Purdue in a Shamrock Series football game in Indianapolis next season.

A Notre Dame spokesman tells NewsCenter 16 the deal is close but not done yet.

The Irish have had trouble finalizing the 2014 schedule due in large part to their new agreement to play five games against the ACC beginning next football season. Because of that deal, Notre Dame had yet to figure out who they would face in their traditional off-site home game.

The battle between the Irish and Boilers should it happen would be considered a Notre Dame home game at Lucas Oil Stadium.

It would also mark 30 years since the two Indiana schools last battled in Indianapolis. Purdue edged Notre Dame 23-21 on September 8th, 1984 at the old Hoosier Dome.

Notre Dame and Purdue first played each other in 1896. They have played every single year since 1946 with the Irish holding a 57-26-2 advantage in the all-time series.

ND won this year's battle 31-24 back on September 14th in West Lafayette.


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