FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Arkansas Razorbacks announced an upcoming home-and-home series with Notre Dame for Sept. 12, 2020 in South Bend, Indiana, and Oct. 4, 2025 in Fayetteville.
Assuming the teams don’t meet in a bowl game before then, the 2020 game will be the first-ever gridiron meeting between Arkansas and Notre Dame.
“It’s remarkable to think our historic programs have never met, but we are excited that this will change in the near future,” Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long said in a news release. ““This series will benefit our football program, our university and the Southeastern Conference, but more importantly it is an opportunity for our football student-athletes to compete against one of college football’s storied programs while providing a premier match-up for our fans.
“This series will provide a once-in-a-lifetime road trip and another memorable football Saturday at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.”
Arkansas will receive a ticket allotment of 7,500 seats for the game in South Bend and Notre Dame will receive the same for the 2025 game.
“Ever since I became a head coach I’ve wanted to get Notre Dame on the schedule and when it became a possibility we were 100 percent in on getting a home-and-home done,” Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said in the release. “I’m excited for our program, but I’m also excited for our fans to experience a game at Notre Dame and then come back and show what an amazing home atmosphere we have.”
One obvious connection between the programs is coach Lou Holtz, who led Arkansas to a 60-21-2 record from 1977 through 1983 and later coached Notre Dame from 1986-96. Holtz coached the Fighting Irish to their most recent national championship in 1988.