Boston College Will Play Georgia Tech in Ireland Next Year
For the second time ever, the Boston College Eagles will play a football game in Ireland, in September 2016. The news has BC alum Mayor Marty Walsh especially excited.
I am thrilled that @BCFootballNews will host Georgia Tech in Ireland in 2016. Go Eagles!
— Mayor Marty Walsh (@marty_walsh) June 4, 2015
The Boston College Eagles will play a home game in Dublin’s Aviva Stadium on September 3, 2016, facing the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the Aer Lingus College Football Classic. The announcement was made in Dublin, at a press conference attended by Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny.
“I know the young men on our team will remember this experience for a lifetime, and I’m so excited for them,” BC head coach Steve Addazio said in a release. “They will get to explore a new country, be immersed in a new culture, and then play the first game on the opening Saturday of the college football season. It’s great that we will get to share this experience with our conference friends from Georgia Tech.”
The Eagles last played at Dublin’s Lansdowne Road Stadium in 1988, where they beat Army, 38-24. Next year’s matchup will be the first time BC has faced Georgia Tech since 2012, when the Yellow Jackets trounced the Eagles, 37-17.
“During my time in Ireland, I saw firsthand how sports play an incredible role in bridging communities,” Walsh said. “I am thrilled that Boston College will have the opportunity to host Georgia Tech in Dublin next year, and look forward to rooting for my home team and alma mater.”