ABOUT THE EVENT
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. Penn State welcomed new Head Coach James Franklin from Vanderbilt following Bill O'Brien's departure to take up the post of Head Coach at NFL team Houston Texans.
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.
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.
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.
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
Activities including a joint pep rally and tailgate party will take place in Dublin city centre... READ MORE
The event was lauched in the US in September 2013... READ MORE.
THE CROKE PARK CLASSIC - WHERE PASSION & POWER COLLIDE
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