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Notre Dame heading to Pinstripe Bowl

Notre Dame is going back to Yankee Stadium.

The Irish announced Saturday that they accepted an invitation to play in the Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 28 in New York. The game is scheduled to kickoff at 12:15 p.m.

CBS Sports first reported the team accepted the bid Friday.

"Quite simply, we are thrilled to bring our football program to the New Era Pinstripe Bowl," Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said in a release. "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."

Notre Dame (8-4) played in the first football game at the current Yankee Stadium on Nov. 20, 2010, defeating Army 27-3.

The Irish are taking the place of a Big 12 team in the bowl game after that conference only had six eligible programs to fill its seven bowl slots.

Notre Dame's opponent is yet to be determined, but it will most likely play either Rutgers or Houston (8-4) of the American Athletic Conference in the Pinstripe Bowl. Rutgers (5-6) can become bowl eligible tonight if it defeats South Florida (2-9).

"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 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 is 16-6-3 in Yankee Stadium games.

Tickets for the Pinstripe Bowl will go on sale at 2:30 p.m. today and can be ordered at www.und.com/tickets, www.pinstripebowl.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

The Journal Gazette's Assistant Sports Editor Tony Krausz covers The University of Notre Dame. Krausz, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a native of St. Louis, has been assistant sports editor since October 2005. Prior to joining the JG, he worked at two papers in Mississippi covering high school and college athletics.

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