ESPN Bringing College Gameday to Dublin

ESPN is to bring its multi Emmy Winning College GameDay pregame show to Dublin on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, kicking off a new college football season and marking the first time in history the travelling roadshow will originate from outside the United States.

The move was announced in the US over the weekend. The 11-time Emmy Award-winning pregame show is being brought to Dublin in partnership with Aer Lingus and Tourism Ireland.

It will set the scene for an estimated audience of 2 million viewers for the Aer Lingus College Football Classic between Notre Dame and Navy at the Aviva Stadium.

The game will kick off at 7 pm Dublin time, the latest it has done so here and will, therefore, be shown at 2 pm Eastern time in the US.

“College GameDay has built its legacy travelling from city to city, campus to campus showcasing the unmatched passion of college football fans and the pageantry surrounding the game,” said ESPN Senior Vice President of Production Lee Fitting.

“The Notre Dame-Navy rivalry serves as the perfect backdrop for College GameDay’s inaugural international appearance. We look forward to giving the great fans of Ireland and the thousands of Americans travelling to Dublin an unforgettable experience.”

“We are delighted to welcome ESPN’s College GameDay to Dublin in 2020,” added Aer Lingus CEO Sean Doyle.

“With firm Irish roots, we are proud to connect Ireland to North America, flying direct to 14 North American destinations. We are gearing up for the Aer Lingus College Football Classic 2020 which will see Notre Dame take on Navy on Irish soil and are pleased that, thanks to ESPN, fans everywhere can get a slice of the action live from Dublin.”

“Aer Lingus’ ambition is centred on becoming the leading value carrier across the Atlantic and this cooperation with ESPN will provide us with an exciting platform to communicate our message and bring Aer Lingus into millions of homes right across the U.S.”

To date, College GameDay has staged 372 roadshows from 86 cities within the United States.

Notre Dame was the first institution to host the live event on November 13, 1993, and has hosted the programme eight times since then.

The game wil take place on the night before next year’s All Ireland Football final at Croke park making it the biggest weekend of sport that Ireland has ever hosted.

Watch out this week for more content on the game right here on Sport for Business.

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