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Notre Dame will come to Purdue's 'Furnace'

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Boilers counting on Ross-Ade 'energy'

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 5:20 pm

Brace yourself -- when Notre Dame comes to West Lafayette to play Purdue in this annual non-conference football slug fest in September, the Irish won't run into Ross-Ade Stadium.

Instead, they'll be at “The Furnace.”

A new stadium nickname is among the changes new coach Darrell Hazell has instituted since taking over. He'll get a nationally televised night chance to showcase those changes against one of the Boilers' biggest rivals.

The game is set for Saturday, Sept. 14, at 8 p.m. It will be just the eighth night game played at Ross-Ade Stadium and the 36th overall in Purdue history. It will be televised on either ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.

Hazell, for one, is already pumped.

“The energy in Ross-Ade Stadium will be awesome,” he said in a university release. “We look forward to hosting an outstanding Notre Dame team and a standing-room-only crowd in The Furnace.”

Notre Dame, fresh off a national title game appearance, projects as a top-10 team next season. Purdue, which is coming off a 6-7 bowl season, has uncertain prospects in Hazell's first year, although prospects are encouraging.

Continuing this annual rivalry is also uncertain in the aftermath of the Big Ten's decision to go to nine conference games and Notre Dame's entry into the ACC. One thing is clear – athletic director Morgan Burke has made keeping the rivalry a top priority.

In 2016 the Boilers will have four Big Ten home games, and will play at Notre Dame. That would give Purdue just six overall home games, one fewer than it needs to sustain its athletic budget.

Burke and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick will meet in the next few weeks to try to resolve the issues and maintain a series that has lasted since 1946 and is under contract until 2021.

Resolution might mean the teams won't play for a season or two to get the rotation back on track.