June 11, 2013
Statement from ASU Athletics Director Steve Patterson
"We're pleased that Notre Dame was able to resolve its scheduling issues in a way that allows it to play at Sun Devil Stadium in 2014," said ASU Athletics Director Steve Patterson. "The game will now be played on Nov. 8, 2014. Our entire Sun Devil family--season ticket holders, fans, students, alumni--and our entire community here in the Valley have been looking forward to playing Notre Dame in Tempe since the original agreement was signed in 2008.
"While the game at Notre Dame in 2017 has been canceled, what is most important to us is that the game in Tempe has been saved. Under a separate agreement we also play Notre Dame at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas on October 5, 2013.
"These are exciting times for our football program and having a special opponent like Notre Dame travel to ASU will make for another memorable experience."
LETTER TO SUN DEVIL NATION
As a vital part of our Sun Devil Family, I want to make sure you are informed of important information concerning Sun Devil Athletics.
Many of you have heard that our agreement to play Notre Dame was in jeopardy after Notre Dame informed ASU back in April that it was canceling its agreement to play the Sun Devils in football on October 25, 2014 at Sun Devil Stadium. Today, I am pleased to inform you that after lengthy discussions with Notre Dame, we will play the game between the Sun Devils and the Fighting Irish on November 8, 2014.
While the second game of the series at Notre Dame in 2017 has been canceled, what is most important to us is that the game in Tempe has been saved. Under a separate agreement we also play Notre Dame at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas on October 5, 2013.
As the athletics director, one of my core responsibilities is to protect the interests of Arizona State University. This is a position I take very seriously and one that I am privileged to hold. We have a duty to look out for our season ticket holders, fans, Sun Devil Club members, students, alumni – our entire community here in the Valley that is so invested in ASU Athletics. We work for all of you – and for more than five years you’ve been looking forward to the Sun Devils taking on Notre Dame here in 2014.
We’re pleased that ultimately Notre Dame was able to resolve its scheduling issues and honor our agreement to play at Sun Devil Stadium in 2014.
Today, we ask you to help spread the word that the Irish are coming! You can also join the Twitter conversation @TheSunDevils using the hashtag #NDvASU14.
Thank you for your commitment to Sun Devil Football.
Go Sun Devils!