The Game

2025 Aer Lingus College Football Classic


Saturday, August 23, 2024 | Aviva Stadium | Dublin, Ireland
K-State vs. Iowa State

Iowa State will play a football game outside of the United States for the first time in program history, when the Cyclones open their 2025 season against Kansas State in the fourth-annual Aer Lingus College Football Classic, August 23, 2025, at Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland.

The Cyclones and Wildcats will meet for the 108th time on November 30, 2024, in Ames to close out the 2024 regular season. Both teams will then turn around and play on Week Zero of the 2025 campaign with the sixth college football game ever played at Dublin’s 48,000-seat Aviva Stadium, and the first in Ireland to feature Big 12 Conference institutions.

It will mark the first time since 1997, the Big 12’s second season, that Iowa State has opened its football season with a league contest and the earliest date ever that the Cyclones have kicked off the season. The Cyclones and Wildcats will do battle at a neutral site for the third time, as K-State registered wins over Iowa State in 2009 and 2010 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.

Aviva Stadium

Aviva Stadium, which opened in 2010, was built on the site where historic Lansdowne Stadium once stood. Previous college football games played in Aviva Stadium in Dublin include a pair of Notre Dame-Navy games (2012 and 2023), a Georgia Tech-Boston College game in 2016 and the 2022 Nebraska-Northwestern game. All-told, the ISU-KSU football game will be the 10th played on Irish soil.