The Nittany Lions are Headed to Ireland

July 14, 2013 at 9:39 am 4 comments

Months of rumors were confirmed on Sunday with the announcement that the Nittany Lion football team will travel to Dublin, Ireland next fall to open the 2014 season in the Croke Park Classic. Penn State will meet Central Florida on Aug. 30 at Croke Park, the iconic home of the Gaelic Athletic Association. The matchup marks the Lions’ first ever international game.

Tour packages, presented by the Alumni Association and the Nittany Lion Club, are available now at

Croke Park

Ireland has played host to seven American college football games, most recently last year’s matchup of Navy and Notre Dame. That game was played at the newer Aviva Stadium, but Croke Park—the ground has been used to host sporting events since the 1880s—might feel more at home for Penn State fans used to classic venues. Built up over the years and renovated in 2004, Croke has been packed to capacity (a little more than 82,000) for everything from rugby matches to U2 concerts. Capacity for Penn State-UCF will be 69,000.

The Nittany Lions’ 2014 game against Temple, originally scheduled for Aug. 30, has been moved to Nov. 15.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Tom Barrett  |  July 14, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    I fail to understand why this effort ($$$$) is important and how it helps the football program or the University (and I’m Irish). Someone please explain why this is a “Big Deal”.

  • 2. Ryan Jones  |  July 15, 2013 at 2:00 am

    Hi Tom,
    Not to speak for Bill O’Brien or anyone in the athletic administration, but it seems that, with no possibility of a bowl game for the next three years, the motivation is to give players and fans an “event” game in a unique destination.

  • 3. R Thomas Berner  |  July 15, 2013 at 5:58 am

    Already made a down payment.

  • 4. Tom Barrett  |  July 15, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    Thanks for your response, however, we have season tickets and unlike Thomas, I will not be going to Ireland.

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