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Notre Dame ready to ship off to Boston

Notre Dame is making sure its Shamrock Series games standout on it football schedule.

And the Irish did that with their game against Boston College in 2015 being played in Fenway Stadium on Nov. 21. Notre Dame released its football schedules for the next three seasons Friday.

"We're going to really try and position this not only as a premiere Notre Dame football experience, but as a premiere college football game of the year," athletic director Jack Swarbrick said of the Shamrock Series, which moves an Irish home game to an off-campus venue every season.

"So we're going to look really in future years to find the most compelling opponents we can for this game."

The Irish's other two Shamrock Series games in the next three seasons are against Purdue on Sept. 13, 2014, in Lucas Oil Stadium and Army on Nov. 12, 2016, in San Antonio's Almodome.

The Fenway Park game has grabbed the most attention as it will be the first football game in the Boston Red Sox's home since 1968, but also because of the challenges of playing in the 37,400-seat stadium.

"It's going to be tight," Swarbrick said of mapping out a football field in Fenway. "It's hard to be in a baseball stadium and not have it be difficult. But we wouldn't do it if we thought there was any risk to the safety of the players."

There is also a financial component that had to be addressed as the game in Boston will cost Notre Dame about 44,000 fans as compared to a home game.

Swarbrick said he wasn't sure what the ticket price would be for Fenway, but that the game will have a "premium ticket price."

"It's not a challenge, it's an opportunity to have a standard setting ticket price," Swarbrick said. "That's the reality of going to a smaller venue, a special venue, one of the great venues in America. … We need the economics of the Shamrock Series games to approach the economics of a home game. When you're reducing by half the amount of seat inventory you have, you do have to make an adjustment in price."

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