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Dec. 1, 2013
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - 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 the second week of December.
Coach 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. 17 in the AP poll and with a win in their final game would secure an automatic berth into the Bowl Championship Series (BCS).
Penn 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.
Over the 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.
Nittany 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.
Penn 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.
Public tickets in the Penn State seating areas will go on sale on Monday, December 16 at 10 a.m. Information on the public sale will be distributed on Dec. 13.
Lower level tickets in historic Croke Park in central Dublin are priced at $145 (Lower Tier 2-300 Level), $170 (Lower Tier 1-300 Level and $190 (Lower Tier 1-700 Level).
Information on individual 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: PSU.CrokeParkClassic.com/Students.
The Croke Park seating chart is located at: www.crokepark.ie/about/seating-plans
The 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. at Croke Park.
Packages 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 national airline.
Fans 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.
There 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.
Penn State will be the first Big Ten Conference team to play internationally since Michigan State and Wisconsin met in Tokyo in 1993.
For 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.