The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will compete against the Marshall Thundering Herd in football for the first time in 2022, the West Virginia college announced Monday.
The Herd will visit Notre Dame Stadium on Sept. 10, one week after the Irish travel to Columbus to open their season against the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Notre Dame will pay Marshall a $1.25 million guarantee within 60 days of the game being played, according to an agreement obtained by One Foot Down. If one or the other side needs to cancel the game, they’ll pay $250,000 if they give two or more years notice; $500,000 if it’s between one and two years before the game and $1.25 million if notice is given less than one year out.
“Notre Dame is one of the most prestigious programs in all of college football and a trip to South Bend, Indiana, should be on every fan’s bucket list,” said Marshall Athletics Director Mike Hamrick in a release. “Notre Dame is very selective when it comes to football scheduling, but Marshall’s national brand, history and passionate fan base made us an appealing addition to their home schedule.”
Marshall will receive up to 5,000 tickets to the game and, if they bring their band, that will count against the ticket allotment. (Cheerleaders and mascots get in for free.)
The agreement is just for one game, so there will be no return visit to Huntington. The deal was undated, but appears to be completed sometime last month.
Here is what Notre Dame’s 2022 schedule looks like at present:
- Sept. 3 at Ohio State
- Sept. 10 vs. Marshall
- Oct. 15 vs. Stanford Cardinal
- Oct. 5 vs. Clemson Tigers
- Oct. 22 at Navy Midshipmen (site TBA)
- Nov. 26 at USC Trojans
Games at the North Carolina Tar Heels and Syracuse Orange are scheduled, but no date has been announced. Ditto for a home game against the Boston College Eagles.