The Croke Park Classic will see the University of Central Florida (UCF) host Penn State in their 2014 Season Opener in GAA HQ on the 30th August 2014. This is the first time UCF and Penn State have played outside the United States.
2013 was a busy year for both teams with UCF completing the most successful season in their history and winning the American Athletics conference outright and the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. The Croke Park Classic will also be the first competitive fixture for Penn State Head Coach James Franklin.
The teams will compete for the Dan Rooney Trophy named after a key player in the GAA’s redevelopment plans for Croke Park in the early nineties. The trophy is made of bog yew and Pittsburgh steel. The yew comes from what remains of forests which grew 4,200 years ago in the Irish midlands. The steel is from Heinz Field, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Croke Park will be transformed into an American spectacle at the end of the month as it gears up to host the spectacle event with 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.
There are a range of events happening around the Croke Park Classic just one of which is the UNESCO Symposium on youth civic engagement and leadership through sport on 28th August... READ MORE
Business events include the American - Irish Business Forum (AIBF) at Croke Park, also on 28th August. This event is designed to create lasting economic benefit and legacy beyond the game by connecting key industry leaders on both sides of the Atlantic.
To coincide with Croke Park Classic events, Ronald McDonald House are organising a Croke Park Golf Classic which will take place in Druids Glen Golf Resort on Friday 29th of August... READ MORE
The Global Irish Football Tournament (GIFT) will also take place around the event... READ MORE. They recently announced that Kyle Brady will serve as honorary Chairman for the tourmament.
ESPN Player will stream the Croke Park Classic live...READ MORE
If you are travelling to Dublin, check out what else to do while you are here... READ MORE
Delegations from both UCF and Penn State were in Dublin at the end of April for final planning preparations for the game in August... READ MORE
The event was lauched in the US in September 2013... READ MORE.
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