Ireland is already proving to be a hit location for UCF football fans.
Ticket sales are on pace for a sellout for the UCF-Penn State game at Croke Park Stadium in Dublin, Ireland Aug. 30th. According to Croke Park officials, an estimated 40,000 tickets have been sold for the game with a capped 69,000-seating capacity. Hogan Stand, UCF's home side, is almost full judging by the ticketmaster site.
Croke Park is the third largest stadium in Europe and seats 82,300 fans. The Knights defeated Penn State 34-31 at Beaver Stadium last September. Beaver Stadium seats 106,572 fans.
"It's a great pleasure to be over here," UCF coach George O'Leary said during the press conference in Dublin last year. "My grandparents are from Cork [Ireland] and Newry [Ireland], and a lot of brothers and sisters as far as my mother's side were born over here, so we're eager to get over here and enjoy the Irish [people], the city of Dublin [and] the country of Ireland. ... It's going to be a great experience for our school, for our fans and for the people of Ireland."
The game will take place at 8:30 a.m. Fans can purchase travel packages on UCF.CrokeParkClassic.com.