- special events
A historic amendment to the GAA’s Rule 42 in 2005 paved the way for Croke Park to host the Irish international soccer and rugby teams during the redevelopment of Lansdowne Road into the Aviva Stadium.
During that period, we also hosted rugby matches for the provincial rugby teams - with the Heineken Cup clash between Leinster and Munster setting a club competition attendance record of 82,208. The Six Nations and Autumn Internationals welcomed teams from across Europe and southern hemi-sphere sides including South Africa, New Zealand and Argentina.
In addition to the competitive 2008 World Cup home qualifiers, Croke Park also welcomed one of soccer’s most colourful and glamourous teams with a friendly encounter between Ireland and Brazil.
The Croke Park Classic saw the University of Central Florida (UCF) host Penn State, in their American college football 2014 season opener in GAA HQ on the 30th August 2014 - the first time either team played outside the United States.