American football will return to Croke Park in 2016 when Boston College hosts Georgia Tech in the Croke Park Classic. reports that a deal is in place, although the date for the game will likely be moved from the last weekend in August. Last year, a row broke out when the GAA were forced to move the All-Ireland semi-final replay between Kerry and Mayor to Limerick due to the Penn State/UCF game.

An exact date has yet to be confirmed, but the 2016 game will likely be in early October, as both teams play in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), which generally holds its inter-conference games mid-season.

Boston College did not deny a deal was in place, but said it was too early to comment on specific games.

“At this point our administration is reviewing many future scheduling options but it would be premature to speculate on specific dates or opponents,” Boston College told

The 2016 game will be the third time in five years Dublin plays host to Division I college football. In 2012, Notre Dame played Navy at the Aviva Stadium in the Emerald Isle Classic, while Penn State faced the University of Central Florida in the 2014 Croke Park Classic.