Home Sweet Home? Notre Dame Plays Neutral Site Games

John C. SorensenContributor IJuly 14, 2009

In 2007, almost exactly two years ago, Notre Dame released a statement saying that it would play some home games away from South Bend in the next few years so more of the country can watch their Irish play and be able to attend home games. As we all know, trying to get tickets for a Notre Dame home game is virtually impossible.

Three games are scheduled so far to be played outside of South Bend, and all three will be televised by NBC.

This year, the Irish will play Washington State at the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, Texas on October 31, and then two games will be played in 2011 and 2014 in the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla.

Throughout the history of the Notre Dame football program, playing home games outside of South Bend is nothing new.

Knute Rockne played many games in neutral sites to ensure that the program was nationwide.

Now, this news is not new, but it brings up a question that I would like to see the fans answer: Is this a good idea?

Will playing games in neutral sites up the attention of the program and attract recruits as well as fans?