American Football Spectacle Comes to Town!

Croke Park will be transformed for the spectacle that is American College Football at the end of this month as it gears up to host the Croke Park Classic season opener between the University of Central Florida and Penn State on 30th August.

Thousands of tourists from America, the UK and Europe will flock to the city to watch these colleges ‘face off’ in the first game of the season.

The American football game itself is just one aspect of what will be an amazing event with cheerleaders, marching bands, team mascots, parachute jumps to name but a few activities planned for Croke Park. It will offer a full day’s entertainment for all the family and is an event not to be missed.

Also included in the weekend’s festivities planned for the Croke Park Classic are the team Pep Rallies and the Tailgate Party which will be hosted in the Temple Bar district.  From Thursday August 28th to Sunday August 31st there will be a fanzone in place providing travelling fans and locals an area to mix and mingle and get behind their chosen teams.

On Friday 29th August, both sides will host their Pep Rallies in the area, with UCF set to take over Meeting House Square at 4pm.  UCF will be working with Irish drumming sensation “Extreme Rhythm” on their performance which will include the UCF Cheerleaders, Head Coach George O’Leary, members of the team and their Knightro mascot.

At 4.30pm on the same day, Penn State will kick off their Pep Rally close by on East Essex Street and their party will include a dance troop, members of the Penn State Marching Band, a large contingent of the team as well as cheerleaders and their official mascot, the Penn State Nittany Lion.

On the 30th August ahead of the game, the traditional College Football Tailgate Party will take place in Temple Bar and will see shops and pubs adorned in UCF and Penn State colours as Dublin gets behind both sides.

Stadium Director Peter McKenna said, “We are encouraging everyone to really get involved in the Croke Park Classic and bring the fanfare and spectacle of American Football to life across the whole city over the weekend. The game itself, along with the fanzone, Pep Rallies and Tailgate will give people a great sense of the whole American Football experience.  It’s not often that events like this come to Dublin so we hope everyone will get on board.”

Dublin Bus will offer a complimentary shuttle service from Temple Bar to Croke Park to allow fans to enjoy both the tailgate and the game itself.

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