Cougars will meet University of Notre Dame in 2009Posted: Updated:
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University has added the University of Notre Dame to its 2009 football schedule as the two teams will meet Oct. 31, 2009, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
"It's Halloween, we will trick-or-treat them," said WSU Head Coach Bill Doba. "It's always a privilege to play a team like Notre Dame. They have great tradition and it is going to be a great experience for our kids to play in the Alamodome. It is an excellent opportunity to play a first class team in a neutral site."
Doba went on to say he throught the trip would be enjoyed by WSU fans as well as the team. "San Antonio is a great city and this will be a great trip for our alumni and football fans. They will really enjoy San Antonio.
The contest, to be televised by NBC Sports, is the first in a series of off-site "home" games for the Fighting Irish over the next few years.
"Washington State University, along with its alumni and fans, are excited to play Notre Dame again and return to San Antonio, the site of our 1994 Alamo Bowl win," said WSU Director of Athletics Jim Sterk. "We have been working on this "neutral site" game for quite some time. However, if it is anything like our first game with Notre Dame in South Bend, it will be well worth the wait."
The Cougars and Irish will be meeting for just the second time in series history, the first in 2003 when Notre Dame rallied late for a 29-26 overtime win at Notre Dame Stadium.
The 2009 game will be played at the 65,000-seat Alamodome, home to the Valero Alamo Bowl. The Cougars have made one previous appearance at the Alamodome, posting a 10-3 victory over Baylor Dec. 31, 1994 in the Alamo Bowl.
The Alamodome has played host to a Texas A&M-Army regular-season matchup in 2006, served as temporary home to the NFL New Orleans Saints for part of the 2005 season in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina - and is the 2007 home of the NFL Dallas Cowboys preseason training camp. Additionally, the NCAA men's basketball Final Four was played at the Alamodome in 2003 and will be again in 2008.
"We already had plans to play seven home games per year in Notre Dame Stadium," said Notre Dame athletics director Kevin White. "We considered the prospect of playing eight times in South Bend, but we determined we could make more effective use of that extra game by moving it around the country and playing not only in some areas very important to us in terms of recruiting, but also in some locales in which our fans and alumni might not otherwise see us as part of any future schedules.
Notre Dame is one of two nonconference games currently scheduled for the 2009 season as WSU will also face Hawaii, in addition to a full Pacific-10 Conference schedule. A complete 2009 schedule has not been finalized.