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.