Penn State to Face UCF in First International
PARK,– Nittany Lion Club members, Penn State Alumni Association members and
fans who have not secured their tickets for Penn State’s historic appearance in
the Croke Park Classic will have an opportunity to do so starting Monday,
on Monday, Penn State alumni and fans will be able purchase tickets ranging
from $65-125 in the Penn State sections for the highly anticipated contest.
Bill O’Brien’s Nittany Lions will meet UCF in Dublin, Ireland on August 30,
2014. The season opening game will be the first international contest for both
schools. Coach George O’Leary’s Knights (10-1) are ranked No. 15 in the AP poll
and with a win in their final game Saturday would secure an automatic berth
into the Bowl Championship Series (BCS).
State will be playing its first international game since the program’s 1887
inception when it meets UCF at Croke Park, the headquarters of the Gaelic
Athletic Association (GAA). The contest will be the eighth American college
football game in Ireland and the first at Croke Park since 1996.
past several weeks, Penn State has worked with Croke Park and the GAA to make
individual sale tickets in the Penn State sections available as a courtesy to
its loyal and passionate alumni, fans and students. The individual sale will be
directed by Croke Park and tickets will be purchased directly through its
website. The individual sale tickets do not include any travel amenities,
ground transportation or any of the planned activities associated with the official
Penn State tour packages, which are available at: PSU.CrokeParkClassic.com.
Lion Club members on December 9 and 10 will be able to purchase up to eight
tickets in the Penn State seating areas for the Croke Park Classic. Nittany
Lion Club members will be notified via email with the date they can log onto
the Croke Park Classic website, the site’s URL and the passcode to access the
sales, which will begin at 10 a.m. ET.
State Alumni Association members who are not Nittany Lion Club members on
Wednesday, Dec. 11 will be able to purchase up to eight tickets in the Penn
State seating areas for the Croke Park Classic. Penn State Alumni Association
members will be notified via email with the date they can log onto the Croke
Park Classic website, the site’s URL and the passcode to access the sale, which
will begin at 10 a.m. ET.
tickets in the Penn State seating areas will go on sale on Monday, December 16
at 10 a.m. ET. Information on the public sale will be distributed by Dec. 13.
level tickets in historic Croke Park in central Dublin are priced at $65 (Lower
Tier 2-300 Level, $105 (Lower Tier 1-300 Level and Upper Tier 1-700 Level) and
$125 (Premium, 500 Level).
on tickets for Penn State students will be distributed in 2014. Student tickets
will be $55 (Lower Tier Zone 3-300 Level). Special student travel packages also
are available with the official Penn State tour packages at:
Croke Park seating chart is located at: www.crokepark.ie/about/seating-plans
Official Penn State Tour, presented by the Penn State Alumni Association and
the Nittany Lion Club, provides alumni, members, students and fans an
opportunity to discover Ireland's rich history, unique traditions and scenic
beauty – as well as attend the Nittany Lions’ first international game. The
contest vs. UCF will kick at 1:30 p.m. local time at Croke Park.
include accommodations at three-, four- or five-star hotels, game tickets, an
exclusive private party at the world-famous Guinness Storehouse, excursion
tours, gameday transportation, a full Irish breakfast each morning and much
more. In addition to these package inclusions, Anthony Travel, Penn State’s
tour partner, will offer special rates on airfare through Aer Lingus, Ireland’s
purchasing an official package prior to December 31, 2013 will be assigned
seats based on Nittany Lion Club priority points. For fans who are not NLC
members, seating will be determined by the date the travel package was
purchased. Tickets included with the Official Tour packages will be the best
seats located in the Penn State sections of Croke Park.
have been only seven prior American football games in Ireland; four involving
Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) programs. The last game hosted in Croke Park
was in 1996 when Notre Dame played Navy. Croke Park will have a capacity of
69,000 for the Penn State-UCF clash.
State will be the first Big Ten Conference team to play internationally since
Michigan State and Wisconsin met in Tokyo in 1993.
State finished the season with a 7-5 record (4-4 in Big Ten), having won 15 of
its last 22 games under second-year coach O’Brien. The Nittany Lions return 16
starters for the 2014 season (8 offense, 7 defense, 1 specialist).
information on joining the Nittany Lion Club and purchasing 2014 season
tickets, as well as club seating in Beaver Stadium, fans can visit
www.GoPSUsports.com or call 1-800-NITTANY weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.