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They came from Ireland, so the Huskers decided to give them something to remember.
A contingent representing Dublin was in Lincoln this weekend to watch Nebraska take on Northwestern. Next August, the teams will meet at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin for the Aer Lingus College Football Classic.
You might as well get a taste of it a year ago, right?
“You rolled out the red carpet,” said Kevin Byrne, Irish Consul General. “This is one of the things that we look forward to. Tailgating is not something we do in Ireland (and) we look forward to hosting that in Dublin.
“Dublin is just going to open its arms to the game and the Huskers fans. So we look forward to welcoming you back.”
Ticket sales for the event were flat, said John Anthony, CEO of Anthony Travel.
“We are happy with everything,” said Anthony. “And we are now at a point where we are starting to reduce our inventory with the hotels and the best seats.
“We’re happy now,” Anthony continued. “But we still have 10 months to go.”
The game will be a “festival,” Byrne said. Dublin natives, although unfamiliar with American college football, will come to see each school’s squad. The stadium is less than 2 miles from Dublin city center, with many pubs along the way.