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Rutgers open to playing a football game in Ireland

Ireland seeking to attract U.S. college football games

By David Wildstein, April 27 2022 12:51 pm

Rutgers University is open to the Scarlet Knights football team playing a game in Ireland.

“Nothing is scheduled at the moment and making changes to the football schedule is a major challenge,” said Peter McDonough, a senior vice president at Rutgers University.   “Having said that, we would certainly consider a serious offer to play intercollegiate American football in the country of our ancestors.”

Irish sports promoter Padraic O’Kane made a pitch for Rutgers to play a Big Ten Conference game in Dublin during a meeting this month with a group of New Jersey state legislators.

Notre Dame is set to face off against Navy at Aviva Stadium in Dublin in August 2023, and O’Kane is seeking another American college game to play there in the future.

Assembly Majority Whip Carol Murphy (D-Mount Laurel), the national co-chair of the American Irish State Legislators Caucus, told the New Jersey Globe this week that a game in Ireland “ would be tremendous for the student athletes and the exposure for our state university.”

New Jersey has the second-highest percentage of Irish American population in the nation.  New York is first and Maryland is third, according to Irish Central.

Gov. Phil Murphy is returning to New Jersey today after a three-day economic trade mission to Ireland.

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights football season begins on September 3 against Boston College and ends on November 26 at the University of Maryland.

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