"We will continue the tradition of making Notre Dame Stadium a destination for generations of Fighting Irish students, alumni and fans while providing the best possible atmosphere for our student-athletes", added Swarbrick, Notre Dame's AD since 1978. Notre Dame's consecutive sellout streak trails only Nebraska, which has sold out its home games on a weekly basis since 1962.
Niumatalolo's last two wins came against Brian Kelly-coached teams in which Navy was the designated "home" team: 35-17 in New Jersey in 2010 and 28-27 in Jacksonville, Florida, in 2016.
The game Saturday will end the streak of Notre Dame home sellouts at 273. There were "friends of Notre Dame" who would buy large blocks of tickets.
Notre Dame has the fourth-longest active home winning streak in college football at 16 games, behind only Clemson (21), UCF (20) and Ohio State (19). It's an remarkable streak that just puts into context how well-liked the Preventing Irish have been over the many years.
"It was never sort of important to me to keep it alive, but I understand why other people thought so", said Swarbrick, ND's athletic director since 2008. "It's a point of distinction to a lot of people and our fans".
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According to ESPN reporting with Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick, "Based on ticket sales through Wednesday, we do not anticipate sellouts for our games against Navy this Saturday and Boston College on November 23".
"For me it's always been: What's the stadium environment like?"
Kickoff for the Notre Dame-Navy game is at 2: 30 p.m. ET on NBC. "That you can say it's also sold out is sort of a byproduct of that", Swarbrick explained.
According to Notre Dame Athletics, ticket prices in stadium bowl have not risen in the past three years.