The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will open the 2012 season against Navy in Dublin, Ireland. The game will be played at beautiful Aviva Stadium. It will be the first ever American Football game played in Aviva Stadium. Aviva Stadium Director, Martin Murphy commented, “We are extremely excited to stage American Football for the first time in our new stadium. The outstanding facilities were designed to cater for a variety of sports and we look forward to welcoming both the Navy and Notre Dame teams and supporters to the Aviva Stadium.” The Aviva Stadium is a sports stadium located in Dublin, Ireland, with a capacity for 51,700 spectators. It is built on the site of the former Lansdowne Road stadium, which was demolished in 2007, and replacing it as home to its chief tenants: the Irish rugby union team and the Republic of Ireland national football team. The decision to redevelop the stadium came after plans for both Stadium Ireland and Eircom Park fell through. The Aviva Group signed a 10-year deal for the naming rights in 2009. The stadium, located adjacent to Lansdowne Road railway station, officially opened on 14 May 2010. The stadium is Ireland's first, and only, UEFA Elite Stadium and in 2011, it hosted the Europa League Final. It also hosted the inaugural Nations Cup, as well as the regular home fixtures of the national rugby team and national football team from August 2010 onwards.