United States College Football Returns to Ireland

Ha'penny Bridge, Dublin

AER LINGUS COLLEGE FOOTBALL CLASSIC 

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Aviva Stadium Dublin Ireland

Notre Dame vs Navy

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.

THE TEAMS

NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH

Founded in 1842 by the Congregation of Holy Cross, the University has since become known worldwide as one of the top institutions of higher education in the United States. In addition to its academic excellence over the years, Notre Dame attributes its rise to prominence in large part to successes on the football field. Proud of its Independent status with no conference affiliation, Notre Dame is home to eleven consensus national championships, seven Heisman Trophy winners, 62 members in the College Football Hall of Fame, and 13 members in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Fighting Irish are coached by Brian Kelly, who led an undefeated regular season team to the 2013 BCS National Championship Game.

Quick Facts

  • Nickname – Fighting Irish
  • Colours – Gold and Blue
  • Head Coach – Brian Kelly
  • Fight Song – “Notre Dame Victory March”
  • Founded –1842
  • Location – Notre Dame, Indiana, USA
  • Students – 12,393

NAVY MIDSHIPMEN

One of the nation’s oldest football programs, the United States Naval Academy fielded teams as far back as 1879. A long-standing tradition of Naval football, they went undefeated in 1910 and  won the college football national championship in 1926. True to their commitment to country, Navy was one of the very few programs to field a football team during World War II, keeping American football alive. Since then, the Midshipmen have had 19 players and three coaches enter the College Football Hall of Fame. The Midshipmen are coached by Ken Niumatalolo, who has had nine winning seasons in his ten years as head coach. During his tenure his teams have captured the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy five times with wins over long-standing rivals Army and Air Force.

Quick Facts

AVIVA STADIUM

The Aer Lingus College Football Classic will be held at the magnificent Aviva Stadium, which also held the 2012 Emerald Isle Classic between the University of Notre Dame and U.S. Naval Academy, as well as the 2016 Aer Lingus College Football Classic between Boston College and Georgia Tech. Aviva Stadium is located in Dublin, Ireland, with a capacity of 51,700 and 48,000 for American Football. It is built on the site of the former Lansdowne Road stadium, which was demolished in 2007, and where Boston College played in 1988. It is home to the Irish Rugby Football Union and the Republic of Ireland national football team

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