At a press conference on Monday, it was confirmed that the University of Illinois will take on the University of Nebraska in the Aviva Stadium for the 2021 Aer Lingus College Football Classic on the 28th of August 2021.
This will be the first time that either team has travelled to Ireland as Illinois and Nebraska both welcomed the invitation to move this game to Dublin.
The game is sure to be a huge draw to sports fans both in the US and Europe as Nebraska is one of the most successful American college football teams in history and Illinois has significant links with Ireland. 25,000 fans are expected to travel for the game, which is the second of the College Football Classic series.
The first of the five-game series takes place next year with the return of the Navy vs Notre Dame which will take place on Saturday 29th August 2020.
Fans are expected to travel in droves to the game similarly to in 2012 when over 35,000 fans travelled from the US to the Aviva Stadium for the Navy V Notre Dame fixture.