Green Knight football at the Scneider Stadium.
Football fans can plan for Dublin
Ireland awaits Green Knight football fans avid enough to cross the Atlantic to support their team. Travel packages are now available for the Aug. 31, 2012, match-up in Dublin between St. Norbert and Ohio’s John Carroll University.
The season-opening game, part of the Global Ireland Football Tournament (GIFT), headlines a six-day itinerary that includes city tours, meals with the team, and a pre-game parade and pep rally. Also on the docket: a Notre Dame-Navy gridiron face-off on Sept. 1, 2012.
Package prices are guaranteed for those who register and pay the $200 deposit by Sept. 1, 2011. Thereafter, prices may fluctuate as airfares change.
The game marks the first time St. Norbert will compete intercollegiately outside of North America, and only the second time a Green Knight team has played outside of the continental U.S. (The St. Norbert hockey team took to the ice at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1997.)
Private funding will finance the student trip, which will use no college operating funds.
“St. Norbert College is extremely excited to partner with a fellow Catholic institution in John Carroll University in this event,” president Thomas Kunkel says. “This is a great opportunity not only for our football program but for the college overall.”
The venue for the St. Norbert-John Carroll game – GIFT’s only college-level match-up – has yet to be determined. GIFT also will feature at least three American high school games to be played at locations around Dublin. All players participating in GIFT also will receive tickets to the Notre Dame-Navy game.
“This will be a wonderful educational opportunity for our student-athletes, and I am appreciative of our administration for supporting this endeavor,” says head football coach Jim Purtill. “This experience will be great for those who might not normally get a chance to travel abroad in not only an athletic setting but an educational one as well.”
Questions about travel to the game may be directed to Don Maslinski (Advancement).