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Boston College, Georgia Tech to open 2016 season in Ireland

Boston College and Georgia Tech will open the 2016 season in Dublin, it was announced Thursday.

The ACC opener, dubbed the Aer Lingus College Football Classic, will be held in Aviva Stadium on Sept. 3, 2016, with kickoff at 7:30 a.m. ET (12:30 p.m. in Ireland), sources said. The game will be televised on an ESPN network.

"It's great to open the 2016 season in Ireland. This is a historic day for Georgia Tech Football as we will play our first-ever international football game," Georgia Tech athletic director Mike Bobinski said Thursday in a statement. "This is an amazing opportunity to bring college football back to Ireland and to give our student-athletes, coaches, staff, and fans a truly global experience."

This will be only the third ACC league game played outside the United States. Clemson has twice played in Tokyo, having faced Duke there in 1991 and Wake Forest in 1982.

"I know the young men on our team will remember this experience for a lifetime, and I'm so excited for them," Boston College coach Steve Addazio said in a statement. "They will get to explore a new country, be immersed in a new culture, and then play the first game on the opening Saturday of the college football season."

The Boston College-Georgia Tech contest will also mark the first conference game between FBS teams outside the United States since the Big Ten's Michigan State and Wisconsin played in Tokyo in 1993.

It will be the seventh game between FBS schools since 1988 -- and third since 2012 -- to be held in Ireland.

The game will count as one of Boston College's four league home games. Georgia Tech has won the past two meetings and leads the series 6-2.

The Eagles and Yellow Jackets do not play this upcoming season unless they both advance to the ACC title game.