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Friday 9 December 2016

Thousands of fans to line out for American football clash

Westminster School defence line coach Red Dobbins and his players celebrate after their
game against Community School Naples in Donnybrook Picture: Sportsfile
Westminster School defence line coach Red Dobbins and his players celebrate after their game against Community School Naples in Donnybrook Picture: Sportsfile

An Air Corps fly-by, a marching band commemoration of 1916 and an early-morning BBQ are on the menu for today's Aer Lingus College Football Classic.

Boston College will face Georgia Tech in the Aviva Stadium this afternoon, in front of thousands of American and Irish fans.

A series of all-American parades, pep rallies and trade events have already taken place in Dublin this week.

Boost

Spectators were treated to the High School American Football showcase in Donnybrook Stadium yesterday, as well as a booming marching band parade on O'Connell Bridge on Thursday.

Lord Mayor of Dublin Brendan Carr has attended most of the week's events, and said they represent a major boost for the capital.

"There are thousands of fans from all the colleges who have come for the game and there's a great atmosphere around the city," he said.

"For Dublin, it's a huge boost because with the business and trade events too.

"The Dublin people are having a bit of fun with the fans as well - there's great banter between them."

Mr Carr also said the games introduced Dublin as a destination for American fans, particularly those from Georgia.

Although the match kicks off at 12.30pm, fans will begin the festivities at 9am with a pre-game tailgate in Trinity College.

But the most spectacular events of the day are reserved for the Aviva Stadium, with 350 musicians, singers and cheerleaders performing before kick-off and during a half-time 1916 tribute.

The Air Corps will also perform a fly-pass before the game begins.

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