AER LINGUS COLLEGE FOOTBALL CLASSIC
Saturday, August 28, 2021
Aviva Stadium | Dublin, Ireland
Illinois vs. Nebraska
Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos and Illinois Director of Athletics Josh Whitman, in partnership with Irish American Events Limited, announced Monday, October 14 that the 2021 Nebraska-Illinois game will be played at Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland. The game will open the 2021 season and will be played on Saturday, Aug. 28.
The Aer Lingus College Football Classic at the Aviva Stadium, will be the second game in a new five-game series of college games in Dublin. The first of those games will be a season-opening matchup between Navy and Notre Dame in 2020.
“Playing a game in Ireland provides another way to spread the Nebraska brand, and in this case on an international stage,” Moos said. “We are always looking for new scheduling opportunities and when this was presented, Coach Frost and I decided this would be an experience of a lifetime for the student-athletes in our program. This will also be a great trip for our fans, and knowing how Husker fans travel it will be great to see Dublin, Ireland turned Red.”
The Aer Lingus College Football Classic will be held at the magnificent Aviva Stadium, which also held the 2012 Emerald Isle Classic between the University of Notre Dame and U.S. Naval Academy, the 2016 Aer Lingus College Football Classic between Boston College and Georgia Tech and will be home for the 2020 Aer Lingus Classic when Notre Dame and Navy return to Ireland.
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, which was demolished in 2007, and where Boston College played in 1988. It is home to the Irish Rugby Football Union and the Republic of Ireland national football team.