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Huskers to Play Illinois in Ireland in 2021

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Man I think this is awesome. For one, this will be a great showing of our fanbase as I expect to see alot of Husker fans in the stands. Should be on national TV as well so people will see that. I like the idea of an early conference game, especially against Illinois, then a cupcake later in the schedule. Alabama does this for a reason and I think it will be nice for us down the strech of that season. Also as @swmohusker pointed out, this is a nice little bonus in recruiting. 

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1 hour ago, 10_point_buck said:

At least there will be plenty of whisky to help Husker fans who do go and watch.  Maybe Scotty Frosty will have his crap together by then...time will tell.

 

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1 hour ago, 10_point_buck said:

At least there will be plenty of whisky to help Husker fans who do go and watch.  Maybe Scotty Frosty will have his crap together by then...time will tell.

 

Honest question: why are you still here?

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Husker in WI: “I have no idea why either team would go to Ireland.”

Lots of Notre Dame fans in the Chicago area. Also, lots of Fighting Illini fans around Chicago. Also, lots of people of Irish heritage in Chicago and the State of Illinois. This gives the Illini a chance to reclaim a bit of media splash territory in Chicago and Illinois with the buzz about this Ireland game. Also, the Illini football team sees a good chance to be competitive with the Huskers as things stand right now. It’s a total win for the Illini. As for the Huskers, they get a cool trip and a chance to stay off of Interstate 80 for a change. Yeah! Wins all around for everybody.

As for the bigger picture, between the NFL and NCAA they keep trying to sell American football to the British and Irish. As a novelty, it looks fine. But whether those folks over there will ever be sold on American football is a big question. You have to grow up with the game and develop some deep family roots with it. Unless they start playing American football seriously in the schools over there, these games will just be a side show to the serious kind of Euro/World football they are actually passionate about.

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If you're wondering about attendance numbers for these games: "Apart from the game in 1989, attendance has never fallen below 38,000 for these games with a peak in 2014 of 53,304 turning up at Croke Park."

 

https://www.americanfootballinternational.com/ncaa-college-football-returns-to-ireland-in-a-big-way-notre-dame-to-face-navy/

 

Edit: Wikipedia's got attendance numbers for each game: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emerald_Isle_Classic#Results

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Just for fun, here's a couple pics of Dedrick Mills (#26) from the 2016 game.

 

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Apparently there's a Getty Images photographer named Cody Glenn, lol.

 

This one's just after he scored the game-winning touchdown.

 

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5 hours ago, swmohusker said:

Nice recruiting tool too.  Sell kids on an opportunity to go to oversees and play.  

or recruit all of those fine Irish football players.   Opps wrong football.

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By the way - who foots the bill for this?  Do the people behind this game pay the schools for sending their teams to Ireland.  It will be an expensive trip - games in Happy Valley don't seem so far away any longer.

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Man I hope Gameday doesn't decide to go the last thing we need is them to bring more publicity... Am I doing that right?

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Does anyone know if the package stuff is a necessity? How difficult would getting tickets from a third party site (stub hub, ticket master, etc) be? The packages are all way overpriced per person 

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2 hours ago, Toe said:

Just for fun, here's a couple pics of Dedrick Mills (#26) from the 2016 game.

 

ngeMl8F.jpg

 

Apparently there's a Getty Images photographer named Cody Glenn, lol.

 

This one's just after he scored the game-winning touchdown.

 

DwkY8ob.jpg

Am I lookin at the flex bone and a half dozen piss drunk Irishmen?

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