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UPDATE: Notre Dame will play Rutgers in Pinstripe Bowl


After making their plans to play in the Pinstripe Bowl official Saturday, Notre Dame announced Sunday they will take on Rutgers in the December 28th bowl game.

"Quite simply, we are thrilled to bring our football program to the New Era Pinstripe Bowl," Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly said in a statement. "We were privileged to play in New York City and Yankee Stadium in 2010. The treatment our University received from the Steinbrenner family, the New York Yankees and the entire organization was unlike anything we've experienced in my tenure at Notre Dame."

Rutgers comes into the game 6-6, the Fighting Irish are 8-4.

Notre Dame says a press conference with Pinstripe Bowl participants and officials will be held on Tuesday, December 10 at 11:00 a.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Notre Dame did have a few other options to play in warmer locations, but the Pinstripe Bowl stood out because of the scheduling options it gave the Irish.

"Once Northern Illinois lost that football game, that kind of evaporated any opportunity for us in that (Poinsettia Bowl) game," said Kelly. "The other one was the Hawaii Bowl. But because of our exam schedule, which took us through the 20th, we would have had to have gone out there on 21, 22, 23. It would have been practice, practice, practice, play the game. They don't hold the hotel rooms after the game for you."

Jarron Jones, a New York native who plays defensive line for Notre Dame, shared his thoughts about the game on his Twitter account Friday. "PINSTRIPE BOWL!!!!!! Coming home!!!!! #yankeestadium!!!!," said Jones, via his @Who_GotJones94 Twitter account.

Senior Notre Dame players Bennett Jackson and Carlo Calabrese, both from New Jersey, echoed Jones's excitement about playing close to home when they spoke to the press Sunday.

Tickets for the Pinstripe Bowl can be purchased here.

The Associated Press contributed to this story

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