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Croke Park to host American football and All-Ireland semi-final on the same weekend

College teams Penn State and UCF are set to face off in Dublin on August 20 of next year.

Navy's Parrish Gaines tackles Tyler Eifert of Notre Dame during last year's Emerald Isle Classic.
Navy's Parrish Gaines tackles Tyler Eifert of Notre Dame during last year's Emerald Isle Classic.
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A BUMPER WEEKEND of sport will be held at Croke Park at the end of August 2014.

As TheScore.ie reported earlier this week and following on from the success of last year’s Emerald Isle Classic at the Aviva Stadium, the GAA headquarters will be named as the venue for an NCAA college football game between Penn State and UCF at a press conference tomorrow.

And a spokesperson for the stadium has confirmed that the match, which will be known as The Croke Park Classic, has been pencilled in for Saturday, August 30 – a day before an All-Ireland SFC semi-final is due to be decided.

It will be a challenge but we’ve done similar things in the past,” said Croke Park stadium director Peter McKenna. “It promises to be an amazing weekend of sport.”

While futher details will be released on Sunday, McKenna did add that the plan is to hold a series of games in Dublin in the coming years.

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“I think it will be a huge success. We already have a number of teams who are interested.”

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