College Football Returning to Ireland in 2016?

Those who were bummed out after hearing that the Croke Park Classic wouldn’t happen next year can now breathe a little easier. According to The 42, Taoiseach Enda Kenny (essentially Ireland’s prime minister, for any Yanks reading this) will announce tomorrow that the game between Boston College and Georgia Tech will indeed take place in 2016, just not in Croke Park.

Rather, the game will be played at Aviva Stadium, the same place that hosted Notre Dame and Navy back in 2012. In 2014, Penn State and Central Florida squared off at Croke Park to open their respective seasons.

While there has been no confirmation of the game happening at Aviva yet, all signs point to it happening. The Taoiseach’s office did not reply to inquries, but a major announcement is happening tomorrow at the home of Corporate.ie, the group that was “looking at every option and opportunity to bring another high profile College Football [game] to Ireland as soon as is feasibly possible.”

With a strong ACC matchup between powerful Georgia Tech and feisty Boston College, this game would surely be a barnburner and be a great way to kick off the season.

Georgia Tech opens the 2015 season at Bobby Dodd Stadium against Alcorn State on September 3, while BC kicks off its campaign on September 5 when Maine comes to visit Chestnut Hill.

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