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Penn State, Central Florida to meet in Ireland in '14

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Penn State and Central Florida will open the 2014 season by playing each other in Dublin, Ireland.

It will be the first time the Nittany Lions and Golden Knights have played a game outside of the U.S.

Next year's season opener is Aug. 30 at 1:30 p.m. local time at Croke Park Stadium. It launches the Croke Park Classic.

"Our players and coaches are so excited to go to Ireland and play a college football game in such a historic and outstanding venue," Penn State coach Bill O'Brien said in a statement. "I have great respect for (Central Florida) coach (George) O'Leary and his team and playing UCF in Ireland will be a fantastic experience for all the players, coaches and fans."

Croke Park Stadium holds 69,000. It has not hosted an American football game since in 1996 when Navy took on Notre Dame.

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