BOSTON (CBS) — The Boston College Eagles will soar overseas to start the 2016 season.
Boston College will host Georgia Tech in Dublin’s Aviva Stadium on Saturday, September 3 in the Aer Lingus College Football Classic to open the 2016 season. It will be the third time in six years an American college football game will take place in Ireland, and the second time BC will play on the Emerald Isle.READ MORE: Mother Mourns Loss Of Lowell Murder Victim Dejah Jenkins-Minus: 'I'm Hurt, I'm Numb'
“I know the young men on our team will remember this experience for a lifetime, and I’m so excited for them,” Eagles 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. In BC and Georgia Tech, you have two outstanding academic institutions with great football traditions, and we are grateful for the opportunity to showcase our programs in Ireland.”READ MORE: Brad Marchand, Linus Ullmark Carry Bruins Past Canucks 3-2
“The great people of Ireland have played a key role in the history of the city of Boston and Boston College,” said Boston College AD Brad Bates. “This event will offer a once-in-a-generation experience for our student-athletes, students, faculty, staff and university community and citizens of Boston. We are grateful to the Irish government and tourism officials, Aer Lingus and Anthony Travel representatives who have worked tirelessly to make this game possible.”
Boston College will be the home team in their showdown against the Yellow Jackets, who hold a 6-2 edge overall against the Eagles. The last time the two teams met, Georgia Tech beat BC 37-17 in Atlanta.MORE NEWS: Celtics Beat Short-Handed Raptors For 4th Win In 6 Games
The last time the Eagles went overseas to play a game was 1988, when they beat Army 38-24 in front of 45,000 fans in the old Lansdowne Road Stadium in the Emerald Isle Classic — the first American football game played in Europe.