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Iowa State Football Set to Open 2025 Season in Ireland

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(Ames, IA) – Iowa State football will be playing outside the United States to open up the 2025 season, and not just across the border but across the pond. The Cyclones will open up the 2025 season against Kansas State at the Aer Lingus College Football Classic on August 23rd at Aviva Stadium in Dublin Ireland.

Iowa State and Kansas State matchup this season for the 108th time on November 30, 2024, to end the regular season. They’ll then face off against one another to start the season in 2025 while playing as the first Big XII conference teams in Ireland and this is the first time that rivals have matched up in college action across football. This will be the first time since 1997 that ISU will open up its football season with a conference game and August 23rd will be the earliest that they’ll ever start the regular season.

“We are extremely grateful for this opportunity presented to us by Aer Lingus to provide the young men in our football program an unrivaled educational, cultural, and athletic experience,” said Jamie Pollard, Iowa State’s Director of Athletics. “Iowa State fans enjoy a tremendous reputation for following the Cyclones wherever they play, and we look forward to seeing them travel with us to The Emerald Isle for the 2025 season-opener.”

Some of the previous college football games played at Aviva Stadium were Notre Dame vs. Navy (2012 & 2023), Georgia Tech vs. Boston College (2016), and Nebraska vs. Northwestern (2022). Iowa State’s game marks the 10th played across the pond on Irish soil.

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