Officials of Ireland’s Gaelic Athletic Association, accompanied by Pittsburgh Steelers team chairman Dan Rooney, a former ambassador to Ireland, held a press conference Saturday at Beaver Stadium to discuss plans for next year’s Croke Park Classic matching Penn State and Central Florida.
Paraic Duffy, GAA director general, said that Penn State was the first choice for the game, which will take place on Aug. 30 at Croke Park Stadium in Dublin, Ireland.
“Notre Dame and Penn State are the first two names that (Irish fans) know, and that’s why Penn State was a very easy choice for us,” Duffy said.
Duffy said he was confident that the atmosphere in Ireland for the game will be similar to what it is in the United States, even if tailgating might be limited because of the proximity of the stadium to the center of the city. The stadium holds 82,000, with 68,000 permanent seats.