Air Force's 2015 showdown with Irish could be next door … or far from home


Air Force hosts Notre Dame this season, and the 2015 meeting could be as close as Denver … or Chicago … or Dallas … (USA Today Sports photo by Brian Spurlock)

When Navy’s football team faced Notre Dame at a neutral site last year, the Mids had to travel to Dublin.

When Air Force faces Notre Dame on a neutral site in 2015, the Falcons might have to travel to … Denver.

Sports Authority Field at Mile High is less of a road trip than a weekend errand run from Colorado Springs, but it’s one of three neutral-field locations under consideration for the 2015 game, The Denver Post reports. Other options include Chicago — a short trip from South Bend for the Irish — and Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, better known as Jerry’s World.

Even in Denver, Falcons fans could end up outnumbered by the traveling Irish boosters. But a game in Chicago would be almost a home contest for Notre Dame, and the likely ticket price and travel costs for Jerry’s World would shut out many more Falcons fans than a drive to Mile High. At least they know a guy who can help cut shipping costs.

They meet at Air Force this season on Oct. 26 and won’t play in 2014; the 2015 game is the last of four under the current scheduling deal between the schools, according to the Post report. Notre Dame’s recent deal with the Atlantic Coast Conference to provide regular football opponents could limit future games between the schools. The Irish lead the all-time series 23-6 after a 59-33 demolition of the Falcons in 2011 in South Bend.


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