Free pints "pandemonium" at Aviva Stadium during College Football Classic
The lucky ducks.
Free pints on a sunny Saturday, with some college football going on to keep you extra entertained - those were the days, my friend.
Issues with WiFi and card readers at the Aviva Stadium, this evening, have led to stadium officials giving out free pints to American Football fans.
Fans that headed along to Lansdowne Road to check out the Aer Lingus College Football Classic, between Northwestern University and Nebraska, may have been put out by the long queues for drinks. Their evening was about to get better, though.
'Best country in the world!'
With the queues initially caused by difficulty in taking payments for drinks, of the soft, alcoholic and H2O varieties. The call was eventually made to give out free pints to those queuing, and word soon got around the ground.
It led to scenes away from the stands, and down on the pitch, that one college football fan called "pandemonium" while another declared Ireland as 'the best country in the world'. In reality, it is a bit of both.
The queue for alcohol at Aviva Stadium right now because everything is free due to the internet being down. pic.twitter.com/JWS4IxyfxR
— Amie Just (@Amie_Just) August 27, 2022
— Mount Rushmore Tracker (@MRTBurner) August 27, 2022
— Mick Deegan (@micdeegan) August 27, 2022
The fact that the payment methods failed and they dished out free pints at the American football in the Aviva and not when there was 60k pintmen in Croker is some sick irony
— Phil Greene (@iampgreene) August 27, 2022
— Trevor McDonald (@jackmcjr) August 27, 2022
At the College Football game in the Aviva where the IT system is down and the tills don't work so they are giving away pints for free. Here's the queue for the bar. pic.twitter.com/gzwvAq4NpU
— Maurice Brosnan (@m_brosnan) August 27, 2022
'Everyone in the Aviva Stadium is losing their minds as all the card machines in the entire stadium have broken,' wrote Sam Reid, 'so everyone's getting free pints. I've never seen so many happy Irish people in all my life.'
Meanwhile, MMA reporter Petesy Carroll was on top of the situation:
— Peter Carroll (@PetesyCarroll) August 27, 2022
Scenes upon scenes.