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College Football Is Returning To Ireland In 2020

College Football Is Returning To Ireland In 2020

It was announced today that Navy vs Notre Dame will take place at the Aviva Stadium on August 29th, 2020.

The clash will be the first of a five-game, Aer Lingus-sponsored, college football series which will run between 2020 and 2024.

The two sides previously played at the Aviva in 2012 with Notre Dame winning 50-10.

Names who featured in that game included future NFL players Tyler Eifert, Theo Riddick, Manti Te'o, Zack Martin amd Stephon Tuitt.

The build-up to each game of the new series will include a full programme of cultural and sporting events and feature a number of high-school football fixtures.

The 2020 game will kick-off at 5pm rather than the 12pm of previous years. The new kick-off time provides greater opportunities for tailgating events. It will also ensure a larger US TV audience: four million are expected to watch the game on American television.

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The last college football game to be played in Ireland was two years ago when Georgia Tech played Boston College.

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, made the announcement at the Aviva Stadium today. The series is expected to be worth €250 million to the Irish economy.

When Notre Dame and Navy played six years ago, 35,000 American fans travelled to see the game.

Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

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