From Beaver Stadium to Croke Park; the Penn State football team and its cheerleaders are headed to Dublin, Ireland for the Croke Park Classic.
“Everyone is just really excited to get the experience to be over there,” said Jared Hagerman.
FOX43 was at Harrisburg International Airport Tuesday night as friends and family members gathered to send the team on their way and wish them luck in Saturday’s game.
“My nephew Bubba, number 49, is going to get a big hug and kiss and a couple bucks for the road,” said Margie Bischof.
Hagerman has been a cheerleader at PSU for the past three years.
“Cheering at Beaver Stadium all the time is amazing, with the student section, the 107,000 fans; it’s an experience you can’t get anywhere else,” he said.
Hagerman says they’re looking forward to giving the people of Dublin a taste of American college football.
“They get to see it on TV of course, every now and then they may watch it, but for them to actually be able to see it in person, that’s a whole new experience for them too so I’m sure they’re just as excited for this as we are,” he added.
After several years of controversy surrounding Penn State, many say they’re looking forward to having this positive experience as a team and university.
“We’re trying to get our name out there and show people we’re here for a good reason; we’re not what everyone thought we were,” Hagerman said.
The team took off around 11:30 Tuesday night and landed in Dublin around 6:15 Wednesday morning.
They’ll take the field Saturday at 8:30 a.m. against Central Florida.