College Football Ireland
We are delighted to see the return of the Aer Lingus College Football Classic to Dublin.
American College Football will return to Ireland for the fourth time in eight years with the Aer Lingus College Football Classic between Notre Dame and Navy at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium on Saturday, August 29, 2020.
Notre Dame and Navy will kick off their 2020 seasons in the 94th meeting of the longest uninterrupted intersectional rivalry in college football. The Irish and Midshipmen will be making their third visit to Ireland; in 1996 they met in Dublin at Croke Park for the first time with the Irish defeating Navy 54-27, and then again defeating Navy 50-10 at Aviva Stadium in 2012. It is expected that 35,000 fans will travel from the US and Europe to take in the full College Football event experience.
On Saturday, August 28, 2021 in the Aviva Stadium Dublin, Ireland we will see Illinois vs. Nebraska.
The Illinois-Nebraska game is the second in a series of games in the Aer Lingus College Football Series and will be the first Fighting Illini game played outside the United States.
“The University of Illinois, our football program, our alumni and fans, and the entire Fighting Illini family are in for a once-in-a-lifetime experience on the Emerald Isle,” UI Director of Athletics Josh Whitman said. “When first approached about this game almost two years ago, we had immediate interest. This game will provide an incredible educational opportunity for our football student-athletes who, because of their schedule, generally do not receive the same international experiences as many of our other student-athletes. For our fans, I hope they will journey with us across the Atlantic for a wonderful trip and a major football game, all set against the beauty of Ireland.”