Ball State University says it has scheduled a “historic meeting” for its football team to play against the University of Notre Dame. The game is set for September 2018 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend.

March 16, 2015

News Release

Muncie, Ind. — A historic meeting will occur Sept. 8, 2018, as Ball State's football team will travel to Notre Dame, Ind., and compete against Notre Dame.

The state of Indiana claims four universities that compete in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, and Ball State has played both Indiana and Purdue in the past. The matchup between the Cardinals and Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium in 2018 will be the first game between the two institutions.

“The opportunity to play one of the most storied programs in college football in a historic stadium will be very special for our student-athletes and everyone else associated with Ball State football,” Cardinals head coach Pete Lembo said.

Through tomorrow – St. Patrick's Day – at 5 p.m., fans who purchase a minimum of two general admission season tickets will receive a green Nike Ball State T-Shirt and the choice of either Lucky Charms cereal for a year or Shamrock Shakes for the purchaser and 20 of their friends from one of the Muncie McDonald's locations.

Notre Dame, the school with the best win percentage among all major college football programs, is scheduled to be in the second year of the renovated Notre Dame Stadium and the Cardinals will become the fourth Mid-American Conference institution to play the Irish.

Ball State's 2018 non-conference schedule currently includes the contest at Notre Dame Sept. 8 and a home game against Western Kentucky on Sept. 22.

Reserved season tickets for the 2015 season are $111 and represent a savings of $51 off single-game pricing. General admission tickets are also available at $66 for adults and $39 for children, a 35 percent savings off single-game prices. All tickets can be purchased by calling 888-BSU-TICKET or by visiting the Worthen Arena Ticket Office.

Season ticket renewal information should arrive shortly and will feature incentives exclusively for 2014 season ticket holders. Ticket prices for the 2015 season remain the same as 2014 prices and this year's home schedule opens the Thursday night prior to Labor Day and concludes the Tuesday night before Thanksgiving. Ball State has four home games on Saturdays in October including Homecoming on Oct. 3 vs. Toledo and Family Weekend on Oct. 24 vs. Central Michigan.

Lembo, who enters his fifth season as Ball State's head coach, has guided the program to a 30-20 overall record, a 21-11 mark in the Mid-American Conference and a pair of bowl appearances. The 30 victories are the most by any Ball State head coach in the first four years of his coaching career in Muncie and Lembo's .600 win percentage is second best to start a career in program history.

Next Monday will feature the final future football schedule announcement, leading into the start of Ball State football spring practice Tuesday, March 24. Accompanying that announcement will be an incentive for fans to purchase new season tickets.

Spring practice culminates with the 2015 Spring Game at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 18 inside Scheumann Stadium. All practices are open to the public and dates of the spring practices are posted on

Following are Ball State's future football schedules:


Thurs., Sept. 1 at Georgia State (Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga.)

Sat., Sept. 10 at Indiana

Sat., Sept. 17 vs. Eastern Kentucky

Sat., Sept. 24 at Florida Atlantic


Sat., Sept. 2 at Illinois

Sat. Sept. 23 at Western Kentucky


Sat., Sept. 8 at Notre Dame

Sat., Sept. 22 vs. Western Kentucky


Sat., Sept. 14 vs. Florida Atlantic

Sat., Sept. 21 at North Carolina State


Sat., Sept. 12 at Michigan


Sat., Oct. 2 vs. Army

Source: Ball State University

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