Saturday 3 December 2016

College football to kick-off in style in Dublin

Tyler Patchen

Published 05/06/2015 | 02:30

When American college football kicks-off back on Irish soil next summer with it will come tens of thousands of fervent fans
When American college football kicks-off back on Irish soil next summer with it will come tens of thousands of fervent fans

When American college football kicks-off back on Irish soil next summer with it will come tens of thousands of fervent fans.

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The rest of the world might not really understand the attraction – and even obsession – of a sport played by students, but for us college football celebrates tradition, pride and enjoyment.

If your team is doing exceptionally well, or if there is a big rivalry game, stadiums can be filled to capacity with hardcore fans who evidently will travel across oceans to watch their team “play like a Champion Today”.

Games attract such a large following, mainly because teams represent the large state-run universities. These institutions are massive in size, and alumni (past pupils) and parents want the school to be recognised on a large stage.

But why would so many fans cross the Atlantic Ocean to follow a team?

Past and current pupils of Georgia Tech and Boston College will come out in force to support their universities, and will take their vacation in Ireland.

This, the third college football match being held in Ireland, will see the streets of Dublin being painted in a sea of gold, red and black.

They want to support the team and university which had positive inclinations on their lives.

Thousands upon thousands of dollars are poured into football programs every year, mainly by rich alumni and general fans of the university.

This demonstrates the rabid passion and money making machine that is College Football.

Some of the largest stadiums in the world are American College Football stadiums and coaches for football teams in some states are the highest paid public employees.

Boston College student Morgan Rann said: “It’s great for football to come to Ireland and for it will be great for both Irish and American people to get a taste of both cultures.”

Irish Independent

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