Updated Regarding COVID-19


We are all aware of the global challenges regarding COVID-19 and want the world to be safe, healthy and enjoyable for all.  With that goal in mind, we are committed to delivering a safe and successful 2020 Aer Lingus College Football Classic. In accordance with communications from the World Health Organization, and Irish and US governments for events scheduled in late August, we are currently moving ahead as planned for the game and all surrounding events.

We are actively monitoring the situation and will liaise with the relevant international, national, local authorities, and the participating schools, to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all involved with this event in August. While we appreciate circumstances are changing daily, we continue planning for an amazing experience in Ireland. We will continue to make updates to the website and/or communicate directly with guests as more information becomes available.


UPDATED 29 April 2020: 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 the 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.