Boston College Eagles players for the 2016 season may have just gotten a Christmas present without even realizing it: a free trip to Europe; specifically, Boston College football in Ireland.
Eurosport Yahoo reported today that the Eagles are set to face the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the 2016 Croke Park Classic in Dublin. To prevent potential conflicts with All-Ireland sporting events, the game will most likely not be played in Week 1 of the season.
Boston College Athletics reportedly did not confirm or deny the story, which means there are probably some details still to be worked out between the two schools and with the Atlantic Coast Conference. Otherwise, with the story coming out today, there is no reason to think this is not a “go.”
Fans have seen Boston College football in Ireland before, at least on their televisions. A 2016 game in Dublin would mark the first time in 28 years that the Eagles have played a game there; in 1988, Boston College beat Army, 38-24 in front of over 42,000 fans.
This season in the “Ireland game,” coincidentally, it was Boston College’s Pinstripe Bowl opponent, Penn State, who went to Dublin to face Central Florida.
Depending on the timing of the game, this presents an interesting opportunity for fans and alumni to cross the Atlantic, see the Eagles play in another continent, and get a trip to Europe out of it. This would surely be different, and something we as a fanbase will remember for quite some time.
It might be a lot to ask of some of us to undertake that trip, however, and speaking honestly, we complain about fans not going to the games when they are in the continental United States.
If the game happens as it should, would you consider going to see Boston College football in Ireland in 2016, or would you be content to watch the proceedings from home?