Notre Dame is joining the ACC as a full-member in all sports except football, the conference announced on Wednesday.
The ACC announced that its council of presidents unanimously voted to accept Notre Dame as the league’s 15th member. Notre Dame will compete in the ACC as a full member in all conference-sponsored sports with the exception of football, in which it will play five games annually against ACC teams.
It wasn’t immediately clear when Notre Dame, a current partial member of the Big East, would join the ACC.
“The ACC was founded on the cornerstones of balancing academics, athletics and integrity,” ACC commissioner John Swofford said. “Our partnership with Notre Dame only strengthens this long-standing commitment. Notre Dame enhances the league's unique blend of public and private institutions that are international in scope.
“The collective alumni and fan bases cover the entire country with exceptionally strong roots up and down the Atlantic Coast. This is a terrific milestone in the evolution of the ACC and showcases tremendous solidarity and vision by our Council of Presidents.”
In addition to announcing the addition of Notre Dame, the ACC also announced that it had raised its exit fee to three times the conference’s annual operating budget. That would make the exit fee more than $50 million.