IT IS all systems go for this September’s Aer Lingus College Football Classic in the Aviva Stadium between Boston College and Georgia Tech with tickets, from €35, going on general sale through Ticketmaster at 9am Wednesday, April 6th. Ticket sales to date, predominantly in the United States are in excess of 20,000 and all the indications are that the game on Saturday, September 3rd will be a complete sell out as the Navy vs Notre Dame was in 2012, an event that brought a direct economic benefit of over €85 million to Ireland. Boston College and Georgia Tech will compete for the inaugural ‘Keough-Naughton’ Trophy which has been designed and crafted by Waterford Crystal.
Under the banner, “Much More than a Game”, the 2016 Classic organisers, Irish American Events, today announced that Trinity College Dublin will be the venue for the official Welcome Village and as such will host a variety of social, cultural and business-oriented activities. In addition to over 100 football squad members per team, Boston College and Georgia Tech are both travelling with a 150 piece strong marching band and cheer-leading troops and the renowned pre-game pep rallies and tailgate parties will be among the many highlights to take place at the 2016 Classic head-quarters, Trinity College Dublin.
The game will be broadcast live by ESPN globally however talks are also progressing for ESPN to broadcast their immensely popular flagship sports news programme SportsCentre live from Dublin for over three hours prior to kick off – showcasing the immense benefit the game will have for Ireland on an international stage.
The Welcome Village will also play host to three profile High School games in front of a grandstand stadium in the grounds of Trinity College Dublin. The games, which will take place on Friday 2nd September, are:
· Westminster School, Atlanta, Georgia Vs Community School Naples, Naples Florida
· Blessed Trinity High School, Atlanta Georgia Vs St. Peter’s Prep School, Jersey City, New Jersey
· Marist High School, Atlanta, Georgia Vs Belen Jesuit High School, Miami, Florida
Tickets for the Aer Lingus College Football Classic between Boston College and Georgia Tech go on sale Wednesday, 6th April at 9.00am on Ticketmaster.ie. Ticket prices range €35 to €110 for premium level. There are a number of family tickets (2 + 2) available from €120, all subject to booking fees.
Those wishing to support the Boston Eagles should choose tickets located in the West Stand and those wishing to support Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets should chose tickets located in the East Stand. College jerseys will soon to available nationwide through Elvery’s Sports.
See www.collegefootballireland.com for details on the Aer Lingus College Football Classic and follow the game on social media Twitter (@CFBireland), Facebook (facebook.com/collegefootballireland), and Instagram (@CFBireland).