Penn State, Notre Dame and Alabama Could Possibly Play Future Games in Ireland

Randy ChambersAnalyst IJuly 9, 2013

In an effort to spice up the college football schedule, a few high-profile teams are interested in scheduling a game overseas. Ireland has quickly become a popular location, and programs such as Penn State, Alabama and Notre Dame are intrigued, according to The Score.

Time to pack those bags.

Notre Dame played Navy last season in the Emerald Isle Classic, which was a successful event and resulted in a packed Aviva Stadium of 48,820 fans in Dublin.

Now, there are hopes to host up to three college football games between now and 2018, per the report. There are reportedly talks underway to schedule games in 2014, 2016 and 2018. 

These talks appear to be so serious that Penn State and Central Florida have already agreed to play in Ireland in 2014, according to the Orlando Sentinel. The game will be played at Croke Park in Dublin, and travel packages will be offered for those interested in making the road trip.

Croke Park hosted Notre Dame in 1996 and even held a preseason game in 1997 between the Chicago Bears and the Pittsburgh Steelers. The stadium holds more than 80,000 people and has hosted events for more than 100 years.

Getting Notre Dame to travel to Ireland is one thing, but it would be interesting to hear what Nick Saban thinks about this possibility. Traveling outside the country isn't exactly something you see very often, and most teams don't even like to travel across the country to play a game. Traveling isn't cheap, the scheduling is all out of whack, and it can become difficult to get your team focused.

However, this would be a great recruiting draw. Not everybody will be given this opportunity to play in a unique location.