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Nebraska to Open 2021 Season Against Illinois in Ireland

October 14, 2019

Nebraska football is going international. The Huskers announced on Monday that the 2021 Nebraska-Illinois game will be played at Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, on Saturday, Aug. 28 as part of the Aer Lingus Football Classic.

“Playing a game in Ireland provides another way to spread the Nebraska brand, and in this case on an international stage,” Moos said in a statement on Monday. “We are always looking for new scheduling opportunities and when this was presented, Coach [Scott] Frost and I decided this would be an experience of a lifetime for the student-athletes in our program.  This will also be a great trip for our fans, and knowing how Husker fans travel it will be great to see Dublin, Ireland turned Red.”

Nebraska was originally scheduled to play at Illinois on Nov. 13, 2021. With the matchup being moved to Week Zero, another piece of the Huskers’ 2021 non-conference schedule was finalized on Monday, with Southeastern Louisiana taking the open Nov. 13 date. The Huskers also previously announced that the non-conference game with Northern Illinois—originally scheduled for the 2021 season—was moved to the 2027 season.

This is will be Nebraska’s first game outside of the United States since the Huskers took on Kansas State in the 1992 Coca-Cola Bowl in Tokyo, Japan.

“We look forward to taking our team to Ireland to kick off the 2021 season against Illinois,” Frost said. “This will provide great exposure for the Nebraska football program and the Big Ten Conference. Our first priority for the trip will be to play a football game, but it is also going to give our players a chance to visit a part of the world most of them will not have seen.”

Nebraska fans can begin reserving their place in Nebraska’s official travel and hospitality packages. More information and the option to secure exclusive premium game tickets are available at

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