Penn State to open 2014 football season in Ireland

Penn State will open its 2014 football season against the

University of Central Florida in Ireland, the first international

game for either team.

Officials from both schools along with the Gaelic Athletic

Association announced Sunday in Dublin that the game will be played

at Croke Park on Aug. 30, 2014, and will air on ESPN-2.

”Our players and coaches are so excited to go to Ireland and

play a college football game in such a historic and outstanding

venue,” Penn State coach Bill O’Brien said. ”I have great respect

for coach (George) O’Leary and his team and playing UCF in Ireland

will be a fantastic experience for all the players, coaches and


Penn State athletic director Dave Joyner and O’Leary, the

Central Florida coach, gave details of the game during halftime of

the Leinster Senior Football Championship Final between Dublin and


The Nittany Lions 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.

The game will be the eighth American college football game to be

played in Ireland. Notre Dame and Navy opened the 2012 season in

Dublin’s Aviva Park.