Could The Steelers Play A Game In Ireland Soon? Dan Rooney Hopes So

The NFL might be playing a regular season game in Ireland in the near future in attempt to spread the reach of the game further, but the Pittsburgh Steelers will likely not be playing in that game if it involves losing a home game. It was reported today that the league has moved a step closer to playing a game at Ireland after a NFL delegation inspected Croke Park, a prime location in central Dublin with a tradition that is steeped in history.

US Ambassador to Ireland and Steelers president Dan Rooney is a prime player in this game taking place in Ireland and reportedly the delegation is happy with what they saw during their visit. Rooney said the Steelers would be unable to surrender a home game to play in Dublin, but he is still hopeful his franchise could be one of the two teams involved in the game.

Rooney was quoted as saying in the report, “I of course would like it to be the Steelers, but it could be anyone else. The league does want it to be successful, so they would try it with the big teams that would generate the interest,” he said. “I think the Steelers would generate the interest here, but then I am a little biased.”

The Steelers likely have it in their Heinz Field lease that they must play a certain amount of games each season at their home stadium, but this is not to say that another opponent on their future schedule might be able to give up their home date to play the Steelers in Ireland. I am sure we will be hearing about this more over the course of the next several days or weeks. It sure would be great if it happened and very rewarding to the Rooney family as well.

  • Ericcrook87

    don’t like the idea, to much travel to and possible jet-lag both ways, but I am biased as I like to see the NFL remain an american sport. Don’t these people have the most successful entertainment franchise in the country, when is enough, enough?

  • Peterluck69

    dan rooneys an idiot hes doing nobody any favors… one day the nfl will have a team in the Uk and it will ruin the game

  • r4kolb

    the NFL’s greed will be it’s downfall if they start adding teams from other countries to the league. Hey here’s an idea….no one wants to go to the preseason games play them all in other countries.

  • Peterluck69

    its a shame our owner has to be one of the idiots that move the game away… maybe he should stick to politics and not football… the games gone downhill… im hoping nelson doesnt get fined for his beast hit on brown… goodell is the biggest pile of garbage on this earth

  • Kevin

    It is a shame that there are fans who can’t make coherent arguments about why having games in another country will harm the game. Instead, those fans resort to ad hominems. Grow up.

  • Lee

    Taking a game out of Pittsburgh hurts the economy in the city and it also takes away from very loyal fans that go to the games. If I were a season ticket holder and one less game to go to, I wouldn’t be happy at all. I’m against the idea.

  • Fusion4u2

    Does anybody read the whole article? Mr Rooney doesn`t want to give up a home game to play in Ireland. However there are teams like Tampa that don`t mind and since the league is going to schedule games outside of the USA this could work out very well. Ask anybody that attended the Steelers vs Bears when they played a preseason game there. If they play in Dublin I`ll be there.

  • Peterluck69

    you will be the one crying when one day the steelers are in the super bowl and its held somewhere in asia… and you will have to stay up at 2am to watch the kickoff… your the one that needs to grow up

  • Drinkup

    i have to stay up till midnight for every superbowl, and sunday or thursday night mean monday or friday morning here. dublin would be a two hour flight for me, and after having to root for bob scuderi in an lakings-sabres match when they sent the nhl over, i wouldn’t mind if my probably once in a lifetime chance to watch an nfl game live in a stadium would include my favourite team. if it’s an away game pittsburgh won’t bother, and dublin is not that much further away from pittsburgh than the west coast for a well travelling crowd.