Could Ireland Host A Pittsburgh Steelers Game?

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23: A general view of play during the NFL International Series match between Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Wembley Stadium on October 23, 2011 in London, England. This is the fifth occasion where a regular season NFL match has been played in London. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

Dan Rooney suggested on BBC-Ireland that Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland could be an attractive venue for a future NFL game and that the Steelers could be an interested team.

Beginning in the 2005 season, the NFL launched an "International Series" featuring an annual game played outside the United States, with the intent to build the brand of American Football internationally. After a 2005 game in Mexico City, the last five international games have been played in Wembley Stadium in London, and games in each of the next three years are scheduled to as well.

However, if Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney gets his way, it could be Dublin, Ireland that next hosts an NFL game. Rooney, who has served as the United States ambassador to Ireland since 2009, told BBC in Northern Ireland that he thinks "it'd be terrific" if Croke Park in Dublin hosted an NFL game. In particular, a Steelers game.

"I think sometime very soon it will happen and I think the commissioner is interested in working something out and, sure, I'd like to see the Steelers involved."

Croke Park was opened in 1914 and has primarily been used for soccer. Following a 2004 renovation of the stadium, its capacity is 82,300, making it the fourth-largest stadium in Europe. The Steelers have yet to take part in a game in the NFL's International Series.

For more on the Steelers, check out Behind The Steel Curtain.

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