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Notre Dame football unveils Yankees-inspired jerseys for NYC visit

For their November visit to Yankee Stadium to play Syracuse, Notre Dame football will look familiar to The Bronx’s baseball fans.

Even if the New York Yankees miss out on the 2018 World Series, there will still be pinstripes partaking in a fall classic at Yankee Stadium.

The famed Notre Dame Fighting Irish college football team is teaming up with another classic athletic club, the Yankees, to create a special jersey when the former visit Yankee Stadium for their penultimate game of the regular season on Nov. 17 against Syracuse University.

The uniform, which will bear the Yankees’ trademark pinstripes in several aspects, mostly ditches the gold made famous by Notre Dame. That color is mostly relegated to a circle bearing the famous interlocked “ND” on the helmet and outlining jersey numbers.

Notre Dame football’s official Twitter account unveiled the uniform on Thursday, depicting a Fighting Irish player arriving at Yankee Stadium via the subway.

Further looks at the uniform were provided by the official Notre Dame Athletics account (seen above), giving a great view of the pants, which were seen as plain white in the video. The photos reveal that the pants will perfectly emulate the ones the Yankees wear during their own home games.

This game will be the latest in the Shamrock Series, an institution that features the Irish visiting stadiums across the nation to promote their brand on the athletic and academic level. Beginning in 2009, previous stops in the Shamrock Series include Soldier Field (2012), AT&T Stadium (2013) and Fenway Park (2015).

Yankee Stadium will host its second game in the series, the first being a 27-3 Irish win over Army in 2010, joining the Alamodome in San Antonio as the only venue to host the event multiple times. Notre Dame has won all eight editions of the game, which was not held last season.

Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick, a Yonkers native, previously stated that he wanted the event to return to New York.

“We definitely want to return to New York. And it’s fun to go to venues that add something to it,” he said in 2013, according to the Chicago Tribune’s Brian Hamilton. “Places like Fenway, Yankee Stadium. The venue and the city itself contribute to it.”

Known for their traditional blue jerseys and gold helmets partially covered with real gold dust, Notre Dame has traditionally worn unique uniforms for Shamrock Series games.

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This isn’t the first time the Yankees have crossed over beyond the outfield grass into other sports. For example, the squad teamed up with NASCAR legend Richard Petty and his racing team, Petty Enterprises, to sponsor the #44 Dodge of Christian Fittipaldi at the 2003 Sirius Satellite Radio at the Glen event at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, NY.

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