Notre Dame fans hoping the Irish’s next game would end well before midnight on the east coast will be disappointed today after the kick-off time for the September 27th game against Syracuse in MetLife Stadium was announced for 8PM ET on Monday. The prime time kick off will be the third consecutive prime time kick-off for the Irish already this season.
The game will be nationally televised by ABC Sports marking the fourth consecutive game of the year for Notre Dame to be nationally televised. The first three games of the year of course were broadcast as part of Notre Dame’s exclusive deal with NBC.
With the Irish sitting at 3-0 and quarterback Everett Golson gaining Heisman buzz from major publications already, it should hardly be any surprise that ABC decided to go with the Irish in prime time – especially since they weren’t faced with too many marquee matchups in two weeks as an alternative.
The game will be played in MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey – home of the NFL’s New York Giants and Jets. The Jets will play in MetLife at 1:00 the following Sunday which will make for a late night for the workers at MetLife Stadium as they clean up from a day of college football tailgating and prepare for early morning NFL tailgaters who will be lining up as the sun rises no doubt.
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For Notre Dame fans visiting New York City for the weekend, they will really have to take advantage of the city’s 4:00 AM last call if they want a night out on the town following the game since the game likely won’t wrap up until after 11:00 ET.
Notre Dame will not have any more prime time home games this year but with the kick-off times for USC, Arizona State, and Florida State still unannounced, it’s a good bet that all of Notre Dame’s 2014 road games will be prime time affairs. Notre Dame’s trip to Maryland to face Navy has already been announced as an 8:00 PM ET kick-off.
Should that happen, Notre Dame will end up playing seven prime time games as part of their 2014 schedule. Last year Notre Dame played all but one road game in prime time with the lone exception being their trip to Colorado Springs to face Air Force for a late afternoon tilt.