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27th Aug 2022

Free pints “pandemonium” at Aviva Stadium during College Football Classic

Patrick McCarry

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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.

Nebraska Cornhuskers wide receiver Isaiah Garcia-Castaneda is tackled by Northwestern Wildcats linebacker Greyson Metz, left, and defensive back Jeremiah Lewis, right, during the Aer Lingus College Football Classic, at Aviva Stadium. (Photo by Ben McShane/Sportsfile)

‘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.

‘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:

Scenes upon scenes.

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