Penn State, UCF to meet in Ireland to open 2014 season

By Evan Hilbert |

Penn State will face Central Florida in Ireland to open the 2014 season in the Croke Park Classic, marking the first time that either school has played outside the United States.

"Our players and coaches are so excited to go to Ireland and play a college football game in such a historic and outstanding venue," Nittany Lions coach Bill O'Brien said in a release. "I have great respect for [UCF] Coach [George] O'Leary and his team, and playing UCF in Ireland will be a fantastic experience for all the players, coaches and fans."

Dublin's Croke Park stadium has a capacity of 69,000 and last hosted an American football game in 1996, when Navy and Notre Dame met there.

Kickoff is set for Saturday, Aug. 30 at 1:30 p.m. local time, which is 8:30 a.m. ET.

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