Calling all football fans! This is a game you don’t want to miss… Notre Dame and Navy go head-to-head in the Aer Lingus College Football Classic in Dublin on August 26, 2023.
These two powerhouse teams are going into battle and thousands of fans are expected to make the trip to the Aviva Stadium in Dublin to lend their support and enjoy what’s sure to be an electrifying game between two giants of college football.
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The Fighting Irish and the Midshipmen will usher in the second game of the five-game Aer Lingus College Football Classic series. Notre Dame will play its first-ever home game in Ireland against Navy and the excitement is palpable, particularly after a two year pause due to the pandemic.
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“We’re thrilled to be able to provide another opportunity for our team and fans to experience the culture and hospitality of Ireland,” said Jack Swarbrick, Director of Athletics, Notre Dame. “Bringing a Notre Dame Football home game atmosphere to Ireland has been a goal of ours and we couldn’t be more excited to partner with the Naval Academy to make it happen.”
The sentiment is just as strong in the Navy camp, according to Chet Gladchuk, Director of Athletics at the US Naval Academy. "We are very pleased to be returning to the Aviva Stadium in Dublin for the 96th playing of the Navy-Notre Dame game. We look forward to our visit and a competitive contest against Notre Dame in a place that knows no bounds for hospitality."
The teams previously met in Dublin in 2012, with Navy hosting Notre Dame in a sell-out fixture which saw 35,000 US visitors travel to Ireland to watch Navy V Notre Dame.Did you know?
The game takes place in the magnificent bowl-shaped Aviva Stadium – home to the Irish Rugby Football Union and the Republic of Ireland national football team, and is Ireland's first and only UEFA Elite Stadium.
It’s also a concert venue, and has hosted some of the biggest names in music (including Madonna, Rihanna and Neil Diamond). So with a capacity of 48,000, expect the stadium to be packed with excited football fans on August 26th.
Beyond the stadium
Frequently voted as one of the world’s friendliest cities, Dublin will extend a warm welcome to fans traveling to celebrate the big game. Expect all the usual college football fanfare, from marching bands to cheerleaders.
Of course, no football game would be complete without tailgate parties before and after the game – games, music, food, dancing, and maybe a few surprises. Get ready for an epic football weekend!
And when the football is over, it's time to go exploring! Take your time and see what Dublin has to offer. Or go further afield and discover the romantic castles and ancient standing stones of Ireland's Ancient East, the rugged coastline of the Wild Atlantic Way, and the stunning landscapes and vibrant spirit of Northern Ireland.
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