Nebraska’s season-opener with Illinois will no longer take place in Ireland, the two schools announced on Wednesday, citing the pandemic.

Instead, the Illini will host the game.

Huskers AD Bill Moos released a statement about the decision on Wednesday. He said the program will explore ways to play in Dublin in the near future.

“We are disappointed that we will not be able to travel to Ireland to open the 2021 football season in Dublin,” Moos said in the release. “The trip would have been a memorable experience for the young men in our football program, so I feel badly they won’t have this opportunity.

“There was also a high level of excitement and interest in the game among our great fan base, and I know many of them were looking forward to making the trip to cheer on the Huskers. Anthony Travel and Irish American Events have been a great partner throughout this process, and we will continue to explore the possibility of taking Nebraska Football to Dublin in the future.”

Illinois AD Josh Whitman also commented on the cancelation.

The game is still set for Week 0 and will be played on August 28.