NEW YORK (AP) -Notre Dame and Army will play the first football game at the new Yankee Stadium next year, rekindling a tradition that took off after Knute Rockne's ``Win one for the Gipper'' speech more than 80 years ago.
The teams will meet in 2010, across the street from where they played more than 20 times, a person familiar with the arrangement told The Associated Press on Friday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because an announcement won't be made until Monday.
The Times Herald-Record of Middletown, N.Y., reported earlier on the pairing between two of college football's most storied programs.
Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick said the negotiations were far along, but would not acknowledge a completed deal. He said such a matchup would be a home game for the Fighting Irish, meaning it would be broadcast on NBC.
``There are still things to be resolved,'' Swarbrick said.
Added Notre Dame senior associate athletic director John Heisler: ``We've been talking about playing Army in some way, shape or form, but we just haven't nailed down all the details. Now we're trying to figure out where does Yankee Stadium fit in terms of opponents, years, when and how.''
Notre Dame still has two dates not scheduled for next year, including one home game.
The Irish and Army played at the old Yankee Stadium nearly every year from 1925-46, when the two programs were among the best in the nation.
The House that Ruth Built was the site in 1928 when Rockne invoked the memory of the late George Gipp during a rousing halftime speech. Inspired, the twice-beaten Irish beat undefeated Army 12-6.
The matchup grew so popular that $3.30 tickets for the 1946 showdown were sold for as much as $200, a game that ended in a scoreless tie between No. 1 Army and No. 2 Notre Dame.
Future Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Lujack of Notre Dame made a game-saving open-field tackle of fellow Heisman winner Doc Blanchard. The 0-0 result was considered by many at the time to be the greatest college football game in history.
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AP Sports Writer Tom Coyne in South Bend, Ind., contributed to this report.
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