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Notre Dame Returning For Aer Lingus College Football Classic

College football is returning to Ireland in 2020 with Navy set to take on Notre Dame. The fixture is one of five games planned which are set to earn an economic windfall of €250 million.

The series kicks off on Saturday 29th August 2020 with the other games to be played between then and 2024. The other fixtures and teams will be announced in due course.

The previous Navy vs Notre Dame fixture in the Aviva Stadium in 2012 saw 35,000 fans travelling from the US. The fixture is one of the oldest rivalries in College Football and Notre Dame won the previous Dublin showdown 50-10.

This Saturday (27th October 2018) the two teams will play their annual head-to-head game in San Diego.

Speaking at the launch in the Aviva Stadium today, An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, promised the teams a great Irish welcome.

“Major games such as this one showcase Ireland as a location for international events and tournaments and put our world-leading hospitality and tourism sector front and centre. I look forward to the first game of the series with the return of Notre Dame vs Navy in August 2020; I have no doubt it will be a hugely popular occasion.”

Aer Lingus are the title sponsors of the series which will include a full program of high-profile business, academic, cultural and sporting events including a number of US High School football fixtures as part of the overall experience under the now established game umbrella #MuchMoreThanAGame.

Navy is a team made up of players enrolled in the US Naval Academy and has one of the nation’s oldest College Football programmes. Notre Dame Football Team and the University of Notre Dame have strong historical links to Ireland and have established one of the largest and most widespread fan bases in college football. They are currently coached by Brian Kell.


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