Notre Dame vs. Navy Matchup in Ireland 2012 Anticipated to Set Record Influx of American Tourists to Ireland for a Sporting Event
Interested Fans Encouraged to Book Tour Packages that Include Game Tickets via Only Authorized Source for Both Schools - Anthony Travel
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East Rutherford, N.J. - Navy and Notre Dame, who will meet for the 84th consecutive year on Saturday at the New Meadowland Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., will officially announce at halftime on Saturday that the 2012 contest will take place September 1 at Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland.
With the official announcement, fans and supporters of both teams will be clamoring for ways to get a jump start on attending this momentous matchup between the schools. Anthony Travel, the official travel partner for both schools (and only authorized source for travel packages that include game tickets), advises those wanting to attend the game in Ireland to visit www.EmeraldIsleClassic.com to secure their arrangements for the game.
"Our school prides itself on offering the best of the best to its students, alumni and fans," said Chet Gladchuk, Navy's Athletic Director. "Being able to offer our alumni and supporters the chance to travel with us to Ireland to witness the game of a lifetime in such a unique and beautiful setting is something we are thrilled to be able to do again - for only the second time in our school's history."
Fans considering making the cross-continent voyage to the Emerald Isle for the game should heed travel advice to plan ahead for this unique trip, as travel and tourism experts expect the influx of the American tourists to Ireland to hit record highs surrounding that game. In fact, in 1996, when the first overseas game between the two teams took place in Dublin, it drew more than 40,000 fans to the game, with an estimated 10,000 fans traveling over from the United States.
"The University of Notre Dame and its football program enjoy unparalleled loyalty from alumni and supporters," said Jack Swarbrick, Notre Dame's Director of Athletics. "Thousands of our fans joined us in 1996 for the first Notre Dame / Navy matchup in Ireland, and we are confident that they will continue to support our team by coming along for another extraordinary experience in 2012."
For the fans that may have experienced the game in 1996, as well as new oversees travelers wanting to experience this event for the first time, they will notice there are a variety of travel packages that were not available in 1996. Anthony Travel offers the ability to truly build a one-of-a-kind trip, giving each traveler the opportunity to choose what they do every day they are on the ground in Ireland, instead of the traditional preset travel packages that require travelers to do what they have been instructed to according to a mass itinerary.
The variety of travel packages offered was designed to appeal to a wide range of fans wanting to support their favorite teams. Each travel package includes game tickets plus numerous activities to enjoy while visiting the Emerald Isle. Travelers can select from a host of golf tours, city tours or excursion options, all ranging from four to eight days in length, giving them the chance to discover Ireland's history, traditions and scenic beauty.
"As the official travel partner for both schools and the only authorized source for travel packages that include a game ticket for this game, Anthony Travel has already been hard at work preparing exclusive travel options for supporters wanting to take advantage of this historic game destination," said John Anthony, President and CEO of Anthony Travel. "We are hoping all alumni, fans, friends and the general public use this game as a great excuse to experience a foreign country as magnificent as Ireland. We have put together exclusive packages that allow travelers a stress-free, unforgettable experience."
The football game will be held in Dublin's new Aviva Stadium, a four level state-of-the-art facility with all 50,000 seats under cover. This new stadium is located in a scenic residential area just outside of Dublin city center, allowing travelers staying in nearby hotels the opportunity to walk to the game. The intimate Aviva Stadium is also much smaller than the U.S. stadiums the schools typically play at - offering an experience unlike any other state-side.
Golf enthusiasts can test their skills on such famous and ancient courses as Waterville, Old Head, Ballybunion, Tralee and even the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland. City tours will allow visitors to explore the contemporary sights and quaint delights of Dublin, Kerry, Galway, and Killarney, as well as Belfast and other parts of Northern Ireland - two areas travelers may not have visited in 1996. For the adventurous, the excursions offer a broad sampling of castles, coastlines and culinary pleasures.
All customizable packages include accommodations at three-, four- or five-star hotels, ground transportation, exclusive private parties at the famous Guinness Storehouse, a full Irish breakfast each day, on-site travel assistance, and more. In addition, special rates on airfare will be provided by Aer Lingus, Ireland's national airline, to travelers booking through Anthony Travel.
For complete information on this historic game and tour packages, visit www.EmeraldIsleClassic.com.
About Anthony Travel, Inc.
Founded in 1989 and with more than 20 offices nationwide, Anthony Travel, Inc. (ATI), a nationally-recognized leader in collegiate athletic travel management services, provides travel services to many of the nation's most prestigious universities and sports organizations. Anthony Travel also provides comprehensive travel solutions to alumni and fans that include air, hotel, ground transportation and hospitality needs for regular season competition, tournaments, bowl games and other championship events. Anthony Travel saves clients time and money, while providing unforgettable travel experiences. For more information regarding Anthony Travel, please visit www.anthonytravel.com .