ATLANTA -- The Georgia Tech football team will expand its territory in 2016 when the Yellow Jackets open the season with their first international appearance.
Georgia Tech will start the season in Ireland as part of the Aer Lingus College Football Classic with a game against Boston College at Aviva Stadium in Dublin.
It will be the ninth college football game held in Ireland and the second at Aviva Stadium. Notre Dame beat Navy 50-10 there in 2012. The stadium, used primarily for rubgy, seats 51,700 spectators and is built on the site of the former Lansdowne Road Stadium that was razed in 2007
“I’m excited for our guys to have the opportunity experience playing in Ireland,” said Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson, who was offensive coordinator for Navy when the Midshipmen played Notre Dame there in 1996. “Our players really enjoyed it at Navy when we played in Dublin in 1996. It’ll be something they remember for the rest of their lives.”
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Irish officials said the game could draw as many as 25,000 American visitors and will be worth nearly $25 million to the Irish economy.
“It’s great to open the 2016 season in Ireland,” Georgia Tech athletics director Mike Bobinski said. “This is a historic day for Georgia Tech football. This is an amazing opportunity to bring college football back to Ireland and to give our student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans a truly global experience.”
The official travel options are being handled by Anthony Travel, the partner for the 2012 and 2014 Ireland games. Information is available at www.GT2Ireland.com or by calling 877-260-0645.
“We are thrilled that Georgia Tech, a truly world-class institute, will be bringing its Yellow Jackets football team to Dublin to open the 2016 season,” said Paul Gleeson, Consul General of Ireland in Atlanta. “We can promise the Georgia Tech fan base an outstanding experience in Ireland with our unique blend of beautify scenery, rich culture and famous hospitality.”
It will be the second game in Ireland for Boston College. The Eagles prevailed over Army in the first game ever played in Ireland in 1988.
Georgia Tech last played Boston College in 2012 and scored a 37-17 win at Bobby Dodd Stadium. The Yellow Jackets lead the series 6-2.