Notre Dame Fighting Irish News: Hosting a friendly, more

  • The Notre Dame football field will be used for a European friendly this summer.
  • Irish bats woke up from their short slumber.
  • More.
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The beloved home of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team is going to be hosting a futbol game this summer. Notre Dame stadium will transform into a soccer venue this July when the Premier League's Chelsea Football Club and the Scottish Premiership's Celtic Football Club meet in an international friendly on Saturday, July 27.

The two teams will be playing far from home with Chelsea located in London and Celtic in Glasgow, Scotland. 

The game, which is part of separate American tours for both soccer clubs was announced Monday with a press conference inside Notre Dame Stadium. 

Incoming Notre Dame Fighting Irish athletic director Pete Bevacqua, spoke before soccer analyst Jamie Watson hosted a Q&A with former Celtic player Roy Aitken and former Chelsea player Roberto Di Matteo.

Bevacqua is set to officially take over as athletic director from retiring Jack Swarbrick next week. While Bevacqua has been visible since the announcement he’d be stepping into the role, this is the first big announcement he’s made so close to being in the position officially.

For those who aren’t familiar with European soccer leagues, a “friendly” is a term for an exhibition match. The game will take place during both teams’ offseason.

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