Florida to face Penn State in Dublin in 2014
Opening game of college football season next year set for Croke Park
Details of the 2014 “Croke Park Classic” which will see University of Central Florida face Penn State University in their 2014 Season opener in GAA HQ on the 30th August 2014 were announced today.
Thousands of American football are expected in Dublin next year for the opening game in the college football season.
The University of Central Florida (UCF) will face Penn State in the Croke Park Classic on August 30th next year.
It will be the first time the teams have played outside the United States.
Paraic Duffy, GAA director general, said the 2014 season opener will be a hugely significant event for Croke Park and Ireland. “Irish people are renowned for their love of sport as evidenced by the thousands who attend our games throughout the year,” he said.
“I have no doubt that this game will be every bit as attractive.”
The last American football game hosted in Croke Park was in 1996 when Notre Dame defeated Navy.
And almost 50,000 fans were back in Dublin last year when both teams played at the Aviva.
Organisers believe the fixture added some 100 million euro to the Irish economy as well as contributing to the nearly 15% growth in American visitors.
Tourism and Sport Minister LeoVaradkar said next year’s match will be a fantastic event for Croke Park and for Ireland. “It’s great news for sports fans, for the GAA and the wider economy,” he added.