The 2012 College Football season kicked off in an unusual location. Sure, there were Notre Dame tailgates, plenty of Fighting Irish fans, and Navy Midshipman on hand for the Emerald Isle Classic football game between Notre Dame and Navy.
Fighting Irish fans were outnumbered by the actual Irish and this wasn’t even the biggest football game of the weekend. This annual rivalry between Navy and Notre Dame was an offensive show by Notre Dame as Everett Golson led the Irish to a 50 – 10 win over the Midshipman.
However, this was much more than a game.
I got a chance to interview ESPN’s Mike Golic as he shared his thoughts on Notre Dame’s game and his experiences in Dublin. Pubs were the home of tailgates and post game parties. And Aviva Stadium was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever attended a college football game.
I was in Dublin Ireland for the Emerald Isle Classic to kick off the 2012 College Football Travel Tour with Expedia. While this was just the first of 9 games this season, Ireland was the perfect place to kick off this special sports and travel series.
If you didn’t watch the Notre Dame – Navy football game in Ireland, here are some of the sights, sounds, and images from the game.
In this Emerald Isle Classic post, you will experience the Fighting Irish fight song as part of the Notre Dame tailgate in Temple Bar. Take a visual tour around Aviva Stadium with some of the most unique views of any stadium in the world. And celebrate the United States and Ireland with a tribute to both countries with pre-game activities and the US and Irish national anthems.
Notre Dame tailgate – Temple Bar, Dublin
This wasn’t South Bend, there was no touchdown Jesus, and not a car was in sight. However, the Notre Dame tailgate for the Emerald Isle Classic drew plenty of fans, included lots of foreign beer, and saw many Fighting Irish fans dancing an Irish jig.
The University of Notre Dame band marched through Temple Bar, played the Notre Dame fight song, and paid tribute to Ireland with some Irish music before the fans loaded up the buses and headed to Aviva Stadium.
Aviva Stadium – home of the Emerald Isle Classic
With over 50,o00 seats, this isn’t the biggest stadium for a college football game. However, it may be one of the most beautiful. With the open glass design of the stadium and open air roof looking up to the blue and gray skies of Dublin, Aviva Stadium may have the best views of any college football stadium this season.
Each seat has its own folding chair so no wrestling with space on metal bleachers. There isn’t a bad view from anywhere in the stadium. And as you took a tour around and inside the stadium, you get to experience a taste of college football in Dublin Ireland.
Aviva Stadium has an unusual seating arrangement as you enter the stadium based on a color code on your ticket based on where your seat is located. However, whichever way you approach the stadium, you can appreciate the modern but classy views.
Notre Dame vs Navy – pre-game activities
Before Navy and Notre Dame took the field, we take a look at these two teams as they warm up and get ready for the big game. We also pay tribute to the two countries with the US and Irish national anthems before we tee it up and kick it off at the Emerald Isle Classic.
The US and Irish National Anthems
If you want to see more from the Notre Dame vs Navy game in Dublin Ireland, check out game photos and videos. Follow the 2012 College Football Travel Tour all season and check out my tour stops at the Naval Academy, University of Washington, and University of South Carolina. Get more travel guides and tips on Expedia’s College Football page.