Fans treated to free beer at Nebraska/Northwestern opener in Ireland


College football is back, albeit in another country, with Big Ten rivals Nebraska and Northwestern squaring off in Saturday’s Aer Lingus College Football Classic in Ireland. Prior to Saturday, Ireland hadn’t hosted a college football game since 2016, when Georgia Tech and Boston College began their respective seasons in Dublin. Unfortunately, this year’s event was marred by technical difficulties with an internet outage wreaking havoc on stadium concessions, leading to longer than expected lines.

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As a peace offering to fans, those in attendance were treated to free beer, making for this chaotic scene captured by Amie Just, who covers the Cornhuskers for the Lincoln Journal Star.

Out of the goodness of their hearts (Midwesterners have always been identified as a kinder, more forgiving breed than their hardened East Coast counterparts), many fans offered to pay anyway, appreciative of the stadium staff’s hospitality amid an unforeseen catastrophe.

It’s only fitting that Ireland, a country well known for its beer and liquor consumption, would employ alcohol as a coping mechanism, bringing together legions of exasperated fans with free booze. Hopefully, Aviva Stadium will have its internet back up and running for next year’s game between Navy and Notre Dame, which was originally scheduled for August 2020 but scrapped due to COVID.

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