‘Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today ‘, as Thomas Jefferson once said . In this case most certainly true so SportsNewsIreland readers have this “early warning” that those eagerly sought after tickets for September’s Navy v Notre Dame clash go on sale early next week.
The Aviva Stadium will stage one of the longest running traditions in American College Football as the United States Naval Academy host rivals, the University of Notre Dame this September 1st and today Navy announced that tickets will go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, March 20th at 10.00 through Ticketmaster distribution channels.
Already on sale in the US market, the interest for the ‘Emerald Isle Classic’ has been phenomenal with over 25,000 tickets sold, resulting in a huge boost to the Irish economy with the influx of American tourists in September. The game takes place at 14.00 on Saturday, September 1st and general tickets, which start at €35, ranging up to €90 for premium tickets. The remaining tickets are available to purchase online through www.ticketmaster.ie, by phone on 0818-719300* and in Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.
Ireland’s corporate market has also reacted to the arrival of this unique event in Dublin, with all corporate boxes at the Aviva Stadium already sold out and the remaining corporate spaces in the stadium selling fast. As part of the build-up to the game, the Notre Dame band will march in the St. Patrick’s Festival Parade ahead of the ticket sale.
Naval Academy Athletic Directior, Chet Gladchuk commented: “We are delighted to bring this game to Ireland and we plan to bring the full show with us to make the most of this special occasion. This is one of our biggest rivalries and along with a great American Football game, we plan to showcase all of the game’s traditions including the jet fly-over, a 1,000 Midshipmen march, bands, along with a huge travelling alumni and support from both sides.”
Gladchuk added, “the response from the US and corporate markets have been phenomenal and we hope the Irish will also come out in force to fill the Aviva Stadium for this great spectacle.”
The Navy-Notre Dame series has been played annually since 1927, making it the longest uninterrupted intersectional series in college football. Navy has emerged victorious in three of the past five years making the fixture a lot more competitive after decades of Notre Dame victories.
Most Notre Dame and Navy fans consider the series a sacred tradition for historical reasons. Notre Dame, like many colleges, faced severe financial difficulties during World War II and during that time the US Navy made Notre Dame a training center and paid enough for usage of the facilities to keep the University afloat. Notre Dame has since extended an open invitation for Navy to play ‘the Fighting Irish’ in football and considers the game annual repayment on a debt of honour.
Tickets will be available online through www.ticketmaster.ie or by phone on 0818-719300 (ROI)/08442774455 (N.I) and in person at Ticketmaster outlets nationwide. Tickets may be subject to service charge.
Ticket prices include :
· €90 for premier/suite tickets
· €50 for lower level sideline
· €45 for lower level endzone
· €35 for upper level