Penn State to Face UCF in Ireland's
Croke Park Classic to Open 2014 Season
Nittany Lions to Meet Knights in Dublin in Program's First International Game
DUBLIN, IRELAND; July 14, 2013 – Croke Park and the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) today announced the 2014 "Croke Park Classic," as Penn State will meet the University of Central Florida (UCF) in the Saturday, August 30, 2014 season opener for both teams.
The clash will take place at Croke Park, the headquarters of the GAA, in central Dublin. The international contest will be the first in Penn State's 127-year gridiron history. UCF also will be playing outside the United States for the first time in program history.
The Croke Park Classic will kick at 1:30 p.m. in Dublin (8:30 a.m. ET) and air on ESPN2. Capacity at Croke (pronounced Crow) Park will be 69,000 for the contest.
Details of the Croke Park Classic were revealed on the pitch during halftime in the Leinster Senior Football Championship Final between Dublin and Meath. Penn State Director of Athletics Dave Joyner and UCF coach George O'Leary announced details of the upcoming game.
The Penn State-UCF contest will be the eighth American college football game held in Ireland. The last American football game hosted in Croke Park was in 1996 when Notre Dame played Navy. The Irish and Mids played in Dublin's Aviva Stadium to open the 2012 season.
Penn State will be the first Big Ten Conference team to play internationally since Michigan State and Wisconsin met in Tokyo in the 1993 regular season finale.