Penn State-Central Florida close to finalizing 2014 game in Ireland
[dropcap]A[/dropcap] Penn State vs. Central Florida matchup in Ireland is moving closer to becoming a reality.
Penn State coach Bill O’Brien told Pennlive.com Friday the Nittany Lions are “really close” to finalizing an overseas trip to Ireland.
While O’Brien didn’t name Central Florida as the opponent, the Orlando Sentinel reports that UCF officials returned Friday from a four-day trip to Ireland where they met to discuss a game against Penn State in 2014.
UCF and Penn State agreed to a home-and-home series beginning this fall with the Knights visiting Happy Valley on Sept. 14, but the return game has yet to be scheduled.
A source told the Sentinel that UCF’s due diligence trip was “very positive” and that school officials are optimistic that an agreement will be completed soon.
The venue has not been decided, but the sources said it is likely to be played at Dublin’s Croke Park, an 82,300-seat stadium that is home of the Gaelic games.
UCF officials reportedly met with representatives from both Croke Park and Aviva Stadium, where Notre Dame played Navy in 2012.
An official announcement won’t happen until schools have an opportunity to put together a travel package for fans, likely in mid-June.