Nittany Nation in Ireland: Croke Park Preparations

By WTAJ News , Jacob Kaucher

Published 08/29 2014 12:27PM

Updated 08/29 2014 12:34PM

DUBLIN, IRELAND – Croke Park will host the Penn State Nittany Lions and UCF Knights Saturday, a stadium which usually hosts the biggest events in Irish Athletics.

Croke Park, originally opened in 1913, hosts the All-Ireland Championships for Gaelic Football and Hurling. The stadium is the third largest in Europe, holding more than 82,000 fans.

“There's no other sports stadium in Ireland to compare with it,” said Paraic Duffy, Director General of the Gaelic Athletic Association. “It's very much in our history in terms of our war for independence, there were instances that happened here. So it's very much part of who we are in Ireland and people have a great sense of pride in Croke Park. There's a special resonance for Irish people. And you get a different atmosphere than for any other sporting arena in the world. People are very proud of Croke Park. And they see it as being a statement of what Ireland is and who we are.”

Crews spent Friday putting the lines on the field for Saturday’s game between Penn State and Central Florida. Kickoff for the game is set for 1:30 p.m. Dublin time, 8:30 a.m. in Pennsylvania and Florida.

Due to the Penn State/UCF game, the All-Ireland SFC semi-final replay between Kerry and Mayo will not play at Croke Park, but at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick.

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