An entourage of around 510 people have arrived in Dublin for this weekend’s American football game between the Northwestern Wildcats and the Nebraska Cornhuskers at the Aviva Stadium.
Around 40,000 people are expected to attend tomorrow night’s game, according to US Soccer promoter John Anthony.
Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, he said one team brought 243 people, while the other brought 267 people, which included “a lot of players, coaches, plus the bands and cheerleaders that went with them”.
Asked why bringing the sport to the Aviva Stadium, Mr Anthony said it is because “Ireland is so welcoming”.
“The Irish-American connections are so strong and so deep,” he said.
Anthony said activities like this have now been going on for decades, after “wonderful” Irish families pushed to bring American football teams to Ireland.
“It opened our eyes to that and what the possibilities could be. We’ve seen for the participating universities so many great benefits for their students coming,” he said.
He said he would be “hesitating” to give a figure, but it costs “many millions of dollars” to bring the game to Ireland, while it is worth an estimated €63 million to the Irish economy.
Mr Anthony said tomorrow’s game – the Aer Lingus College Football Classic – has real stakes and is “not an exhibition game or anything like that”.
“These are from the top conference in the United States. This counts,” he said.
“This is high-quality American college football. The players on the field here will be in the NFL next year.”
Mr Anthony explained that there is a stoppage after each play, as well as half-time, which he said is “all part of the spectacle”.
“There’s pre-game entertainment, there’s half-time entertainment. The game itself, for the American fan, is very intense and full of action,” he said.
“I suspect for the Irish fans, they think there are a lot of breaks in between.”
Mr Anthony said that the first time he traveled to Ireland for an American college football game, he was “surprised” that the reports focused on the bands, cheerleaders and “razzamatazz” but “barely mentioned” the football itself.
The organizer said that while there will be many formal meetings today, there will also be a “pep rally” in Merrion Square, which will be attended by thousands of fans.
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