Richie McCormack
Richie McCormack

14.43 29 Apr 2020


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A decision on the staging of this year’s College Football Classic at the Aviva Stadium will be made in June. 

Notre Dame are due to face Navy at the Lansdowne Road venue on August 29th. 

Organisers say the ban on mass gatherings, in place until September 1st, does not affect them as they do not require a licence.

A statement reads:

The event organisers of the 2020 College Football Classic: Navy vs. Notre Dame are working closely with their Irish and American partners, including the Irish government, the US Naval Academy, the University of Notre Dame and the governing body of collegiate sport to monitor the situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The recent Irish government announcement on ‘licences for gatherings over 5,000’ does not apply to this fixture as the game does not require a licence.

However, the universities and the governing body of collegiate sport in the United States are currently working towards options and solutions on how to manage the upcoming sporting season.

Public health and safety advice will remain paramount, so during this crucial time event organisers of the College Football Classic Series have asked for support to allow the universities and the NCAA to finalise their recommendations with an expected announcement in mid-June.

At that time, the event organisers will in turn be in a position to update on the specifics of the Navy vs. Notre Dame scheduled for 29 August 2020 at the Aviva Stadium.

The five-game series is estimated to bring an economic boost of €250 million to Ireland over the coming years and event organisers are confident they, together with their partners and stakeholders, can ensure the future of the series over the coming years.

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