Boston College will host Georgia Tech in Dublin’s Aviva Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 3 in the Aer Lingus College Football Classic to open the 2016 season. It will be the third time in five years an American college football game will take place in Ireland and the second BC will play on the Emerald Isle.
Boston College will be making its second visit to Ireland. In 1988, the Eagles defeated Army, 38-24, in front of 45,000 fans in the old Lansdowne Road Stadium in the Emerald Isle Classic. It was the first American football game played in Europe. In 2013, members of the 1988 team, including head coach Jack Bicknell reunited for the silver anniversary of the game and were honored on the field at Alumni Stadium during the BC-Army game.
The 2016 opener will be the first meeting between the Eagles and Yellow Jackets since Oct. 20, 2012, when Georgia Tech beat BC, 37-17, Atlanta. The Ramblin’ Wreck hold a 6-2 series advantage as the Eagles earned wins in 1998 and 2007. The contest in Ireland will be the first in the series on neutral territory.
The 2016 Aer Lingus Football Classic is also part of the ACC Worldwide initiative that seeks to further the conference’s member institutions internationally through promotion, marketing and athletic competition.
The Aer Lingus College Football Classic will be held at the magestic Aviva Staidum, which also held the 2012 Emerald Isle Classic between the University of Notre Dame and U.S. Naval Academy.
Aviva Stadium is located in Dublin, Ireland, with a capacity of 51,700 and 48,000 for American Football. It is built on the site of the former Lansdowne Road stadium where Boston College played in 1988, which was demolished in 2007. It is home to the Irish Rugby Football Union and the Republic of Ireland national football team.