Huskers football opener moved from Ireland to Illinois

(Undated) -- The Husker football team won't be making the trip to Ireland to open the 2021 season after all as the game is moved back stateside amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Nebraska was slated to start the 2021 football season on August 28th in Ireland against Illinois, but the game will now be played at Memorial Stadium in Champaign.

The decision was made collectively with the Irish government, medical authorities and administrative staffs at both Nebraska and Illinois. “We are disappointed that we will not be able to travel to Ireland to open the 2021 football season in Dublin,” Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos said. “The trip would have been a memorable experience for the young men in our football program, so I feel badly they won’t have this opportunity.

Moos also says a game in Ireland could still happen down the road. “There was also a high level of excitement and interest in the game among our great fan base, and I know many of them were looking forward to making the trip to cheer on the Huskers. Anthony Travel and Irish American Events have been a great partner throughout this process, and we will continue to explore the possibility of taking Nebraska Football to Dublin in the future.”

Fans who purchased tickets for the game will be contacted soon.

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