Classic Encounter NFL: UCF V Penn State
Perhaps not something you would expect at the home of many of Ireland’s Gaelic games, Croke Park Stadium but American football is very popular in Dublin. You can expect crowds to fill the stand if you are lucky enough to have a ticket. If not the pub and sports bars across the city will be packed with avid fans supping a few pints and cheering on their favourite team.
This match is an NFL season opener and promises to be a classic. Some quick facts about the teams:
University of Central Florida (UCF)
Playing in black and gold the team’s nickname is the Knights. With 6 bowl games, including 3 wins, under their belts they are not a team to dismiss. Plus they have had at least one player in the NFL for the last 7 seasons.
A classic blue and white strip for these top players. Their nickname the Nittany Lions allegedly comes from the name of the student training camp outside their home stadium. The university is known for producing some of the top linebackers in the league and is referred to as Linebacker U. With 44 bowl games in their illustrious history Penn State will be the team to beat.
For a pre-match drink head to the Woolshed Baa & Grill on Parnell Square. They will have the match on as well if you don’t have tickets and the atmosphere here is a classic Aussie welcome, plus they do good no-nonsense pub grub.
Alternatively the Boars Head on Capel Street will set you up with a stunning pint of the black stuff and a great view of the game on their huge TVs.
Croke Park is only a 30 minute walk from Generator Dublin or you can catch the Red tram at Smithfield Luas stop then change at Abbey Street Luas for the 123 bus. Again it takes just over half an hour.