The Irish will play in Philadelphia for the first time since 1993 on Oct. 11, 2014 at Lincoln Financial Field (capacity 68,532). The game will mark ND’s 17th-ever appearance in Philly (14-1-1 in those games) but the first time the Irish have squared off in football against the Owls at any venue.
ND’s previous 16 games in Philadelphia were against Penn, Penn State, Army and Navy.
Temple makes a trip to South Bend the following season on Sept. 26. A third game has been agreed to, set for Notre Dame Stadium, but the date has yet to be determined.
“Temple’s football team is clearly a program on the rise, and it will pose great tests for us each year we play,” Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly said in a statement.
“We're looking forward to bringing the Fighting Irish back to Philadelphia and providing our strong East Coast fan base another opportunity to see its team in person.”
Temple’s new head coach is Steve Addazio, a former Irish assistant coach under Bob Davie (1999-2001) and most recently the offensive coordinator at the University of Florida.
He took over for Al Golden, who left Temple after five seasons to take the Miami (Fla.) job. Golden led the Owls to a 9-4 mark in 2009, breaking a string of 18 straight losing seasons. Temple’s 8-4 mark in 2010 gave the Owls their first-back-to-back winning seasons since 1978-79.
“This series is good for our players, our fans, and Philadelphia,” Addazio said. “Notre Dame's football tradition and national recognition are second to none. Playing strong non-conference opponents is a part of our blueprint, and Temple fans will not be disappointed.”
Temple was a member of the Big East in football only from 1991-2004 before being booted from the league for lack of attendance and commitment. The Owls played as an independent in 2005 and ’06 before joining the Mid-American Conference in 2007 as a football-playing member only.
The Owls averaged 20,565 fans at six home games last season.<hr><br>
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