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Notre Dame in NFL stadiums

Brian Kelly had his usual fun at Notre Dame Stadium's expense when he was asked about preparing for the conditions in Heinz Field, where the No. 24 Irish (7-2) play Pittsburgh (4-4) on Saturday night.

Heinz Field is the home of the Panthers and the NFL Steelers, and it also plays host for high school games during the season, leaving its field worse for wear.

"Yeah, we just went into our stadium," Kelly jokingly told reporters Thursday. "I just couldn't help myself. I tried so bad. I have been to Heinz field, and it is a solid surface, and it does come up in certain areas but it is matted down pretty good. So I'm not really that concerned with it.

"The concerns for me sometimes is the wind there. They have some conditions that are tricky in the kicking game. So we have had to spend some time with our kickers making sure, and we will spend a little extra time in pregame because the wind there can impact the game. We are concerned with the wind and the impact in the kicking game than we are with the surface."

Kelly also discussed the possibility in playing in another NFL stadium next season.

Last week, news leaked that the Irish and Purdue are close to reaching a deal to play in Indianapolis' Lucas Oil Stadium next year. The game could serve as Notre Dame's "Shamrock Series" game, which is an Irish home game that is moved to an off-site location.

"I don't know if that has been decided," Kelly said. "If it is, Lucas Oil is a great venue. Obviously, we have played in great venues so I think we are always looking for those great venues to play in. Sounds like it would be fun for us. The atmosphere and the uniforms are all part of the Shamrock Series. I haven't given it much thought and nobody has come to me and said that is where it's going to be."