Sunday 4 December 2016

American football classic to touch down in Aviva

Published 01/04/2016 | 02:30

Georgia Tech cheerleaders Jackie Carroll, left, and Sarah Kate Somers with Boston College cheerleaders Matthew Keemon and Elizabeth Pehota at the unveiling of Trinity College as the Welcome Village for this September’s Aer Lingus College Football Classic in the Aviva Stadium. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Georgia Tech cheerleaders Jackie Carroll, left, and Sarah Kate Somers with Boston College cheerleaders Matthew Keemon and Elizabeth Pehota at the unveiling of Trinity College as the Welcome Village for this September’s Aer Lingus College Football Classic in the Aviva Stadium. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

With cheerleaders, giant mascots and 150-piece marching bands, American football is planning to make its mark when it returns to Ireland later this year.

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Details for this year's Aer Lingus College Football Classic were unveiled yesterday at Trinity College, which will be the official Welcome Village for game week, which runs from August 31 until September 4.

A full house is expected at the Aviva Stadium for the game between Boston College and Georgia Tech. The winning team will receive the Keough-Naughton trophy, which has been designed by Waterford Crystal.

The Navy vs Notre Dame game in 2012 brought economic benefits of over €85m to Ireland.

Spectators will enjoy the renowned pre-game pep rallies and tailgate parties, along with a series of business, cultural and educational events.

Game promoter Padraic O'Kane said: "It has always been our ambition that these college football classic games should be much more than a game insofar as they provide an opportunity to celebrate the business and economic ties we have with the United States."

Tickets for the game go on general sale on April 6.

Irish Independent

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