Notre Dame to play first HBCU in 2023

Published 4:36 pm Tuesday, April 5, 2022

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The University of Notre Dame football program is set to host Tennessee State University Sept. 2, 2023 at Notre Dame Stadium and the game will be broadcast nationally on NBC, it was announced Tuesday.

“We’re excited to bring a pair of great academic institutions that are steeped in tradition together in 2023,” said University Vice President and Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick. “None of this would be possible without Dr. [Mikki] Allen and Coach [Eddie] George’s vision for what this game can represent to our Universities. I’m thrilled we’re able to bring the Tigers and the Irish together for a weekend that will feature programs with over 20 combined national titles, the Aristocrat of Bands and the Band of the Fighting Irish.”

It will mark the first time in program history the Irish will face a Historically Black College and University when the Tigers make their trip to South Bend for the Irish’s 2023 home opener.

“TSU and Notre Dame are two iconic programs that have helped shape today’s college athletics landscape,” said Dr. Mikki Allen, TSU Director of Athletics.

“We are setting the foundation for long-term success under Coach George’s leadership. The goal is that TSU will be a destination program for the next generation of student-athletes to come.”

Prior to hosting TSU, Notre Dame will kick off its 2023 campaign Saturday, Aug. 26, when it travels to Dublin, Ireland, to host Navy at Aviva Stadium.