Tuesday 12 November 2019

GAA scrap plans for Croke Park American Football match

Boston College and Georgia Tech clash won't go ahead in Croker

There will be no American Football match in Croke Park next year
There will be no American Football match in Croke Park next year
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

The GAA has announced it has shelved the planned American Football game in 2016 between Boston College and Georgia Tech because of the falling value of the euro against the dollar.

Negotiations were at an advanced stage to host the match in late August/early September of next year.

But in a statement it was revealed that the 'Croke Park Classic was "no longer viable" without significant support from Government agencies.

The Classic had the potential to be a significant revenue generator for the GAA.

The 2014 Classic between University of Central Florida and Penn State caused controversy last August when it forced the replayed Kerry/Mayo All-Ireland semi-final out of Croke Park because of the clash of dates. The Kerry/Mayo was played at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick instead.

In his annual report to Congress GAA director-general Paraic Duffy admitted they took a "risk" hosting the game at that time of year which had "backfired."

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