The pep rally and tailgate party have officially been announced for the UCF vs. Penn State game in Ireland billed as the “Croke Park Classic”.

The stadium confirmed that a joint pep rally will take place at Dublin Castle on Friday, August 29, the day before the game. The Croke Park Classic Pep Rally will feature players, coaches and cheerleaders from both teams as well as a taste of the history that comes with the 800-year old city center.


The tailgate will take place at Temple Bar on the morning of the game on Saturday, August 30. The bar one of the oldest parts of Dublin and has a Viking and medieval themed style.

The game will not be the original matchup of Irish head coaches in O’Leary vs. O’Brien, since Penn State Head Coach Bill O’Brien left for the NFL. However, UCF will still be represented by O’Leary’s Irish roots and placekicker Sean Galvin, who is originally from Ireland.

The Croke Park Classic will be the first time UCF and Penn State have played outside the U.S. and will kick off UCF’s season coming off the biggest win in school history against Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl.