Tuesday 6 December 2016

College Classic 'will work well' with All-Ireland hurling final

Published 01/04/2016 | 02:30

Boston College cheerleader Elizabeth Pehota is lifted by her team-mate Matthew Keemon at the unveiling of Trinity College as the Welcome Village for the Aer Lingus College Football Classic (SPORTSFILE)
Boston College cheerleader Elizabeth Pehota is lifted by her team-mate Matthew Keemon at the unveiling of Trinity College as the Welcome Village for the Aer Lingus College Football Classic (SPORTSFILE)
The Aviva Stadium will host Boston College and Georgia Tech on September 3 in the opening game of the college season which will be broadcast live on ESPN (Stock image)

Organisers of the Aer Lingus College Football Classic are confident that Dublin can cope with the demands of hosting what is expected to be a sold-out college game a day before the All-Ireland hurling final.

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The Aviva Stadium will host Boston College and Georgia Tech on September 3 in the opening game of the college season which will be broadcast live on ESPN.

Over 20,000 tickets have already been sold for the game with 25,000 Americans and Europeans expected to flock to the city but the event's organiser Padraic O'Kane believes that it can feed off the buzz of what is also All-Ireland final weekend.

"As it happens with the hurling and football, a lot of people go home now," O'Kane said.

Boost "We see the hurling weekend as the last weekend that the schools go back so it can be a quiet weekend per se. It's a boost. I think the two games will actually work very much together.

"We're starting to get demands from our American colleagues looking for hurling tickets and I've no idea how we're going to do that! But I think it's going to be an amazing sporting weekend in Dublin."

Trinity College has been announced as the official welcome village and the city campus will host a variety of social, cultural and business-orientated activities, which is in keeping with the game's tag line: 'Much More than a Game'. Tickets for this September's Aer Lingus College Football Classic between Boston College and Georgia Tech go on sale next Wednesday, April 6 at 9.00am on Ticketmaster.ie. Ticket prices range from €35 to €110 for premium level. There are a number of family tickets (2 +2) available from €120, all subject to booking fees

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