List of non-Gaelic games played in Croke Park

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The following is a list of non-Gaelic games played at Croke Park (formerly Jones's Road). The Gaelic Athletic Association formerly prohibited the playing of foreign sports at GAA-owned stadiums under Rule 42 of its rule book.

Grounds controlled by Association units shall not be used or permitted to be used, for horse racing, greyhound racing, or for field games other than those sanctioned by Central Council.[1]

—Rule 42, GAA rule book

While this wording remains as the current Rule 5.1(b), a footnote now reads:

(Note: Central Council shall have the power to authorise the use of Croke Park for games other than those controlled by the Association.)[2]

—Rule 5.1(b), Official Guide

In practice the rule was only applied to the sports of soccer and rugby, which were perceived to be rivals to the playing of Gaelic games.[3] Cricket was also banned, but Croke Park is too small for a cricket field. As such, several games of American football have been played with rule 42 in force, as well as a boxing match and a baseball game. The rule was officially relaxed in 2005 for the duration of the reconstruction of Lansdowne Road, to allow for the playing of Republic of Ireland soccer and Irish rugby internationals.[4] The Republic of Ireland soccer and Ireland rugby internationals moved into the new Aviva Stadium on the former Lansdowne Road site upon its opening in May 2010; the last international in either sport at Croke Park was the rugby team's 2010 Six Nations home fixture with Scotland on 20 March.

On 17 June 2010 the Australia national cricket team had a training session in Croke Park ahead of their One Day International against Ireland.[5]

American football[edit]

Date Competition Teams Score Notes
1946 Exhibition game American servicemen returning from World War II [6]
2 November 1996 Shamrock Classic Notre Dame vs. Navy 54 - 27 [7]
27 July 1997 American Bowl Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Chicago Bears 30 - 17 [8]
30 August 2014 Croke Park Classic Penn State vs. UCF TBD [9]

Association football (soccer)[edit]

Date Competition Teams Score Notes
1901 Irish Cup Cliftonville vs. Freebooters 1-0 Ground then called Jones's Road, and not owned by the GAA.[10]
24 March 2007 European Championship Qualifier  Republic of Ireland vs. Wales  1-0 72,539 attendance.[11] First international goal scored at Croke Park by Stephen Ireland.
28 March 2007 European Championship Qualifier  Republic of Ireland vs. Slovakia  1-0 71,297 attendance.
13 October 2007 European Championship Qualifier  Republic of Ireland vs. Germany  0-0 67,000 attendance [12]
17 October 2007 European Championship Qualifier  Republic of Ireland vs. Cyprus  1-1 45,500 attendance[13]
6 February 2008 Friendly  Republic of Ireland vs. Brazil  0-1 70,000 attendance[14]
24 May 2008 Friendly  Republic of Ireland vs. Serbia  1-1 42,500 attendance [15]
15 October 2008 World Cup Qualifier  Republic of Ireland vs. Cyprus  1-0 53,500 attendance
19 November 2008 Friendly  Republic of Ireland vs. Poland  2-3 61,000 attendance
11 February 2009 World Cup Qualifier  Republic of Ireland vs. Georgia  2-1 45,000 attendance
28 March 2009 World Cup Qualifier  Republic of Ireland vs. Bulgaria  1-1 60,002 attendance
10 October 2009 World Cup Qualifier  Republic of Ireland vs. Italy  2-2 70,640 attendance
14 October 2009 World Cup Qualifier  Republic of Ireland vs. Montenegro  0-0 36,442 attendance
14 November 2009 World Cup Qualifier  Republic of Ireland vs. France  0-1 74,103 attendance. Only Irish competitive defeat at Croke Park.

Baseball[edit]

Date Competition Teams Score Notes
1946 Exhibition game Burtonwood Dodgers vs. Mildenhall Yankees (teams of American servicemen based in England) Unknown [16]

Boxing[edit]

Date Victor Vanquished
19 July 1972 Joe Bugner Hungary/United Kingdom Paul Nielsen Canada
19 July 1972 Muhammed Ali United States Al "Blue" Lewis United States

Rugby union (club/provincial)[edit]

Date Competition Teams Score Notes
2 May 2009 Heineken Cup Semi-Final Munster vs. Leinster 6-25 At the time a World record attendance in club rugby union.[17]

Rugby Union (International)[edit]

Date Competition Teams Score Notes
11 February 2007 2007 Six Nations Championship  Ireland vs.  France 17–20 First try scored by Raphael Ibanez. First Irish try by Ronan O'Gara.
24 February 2007 2007 Six Nations Championship  Ireland vs.  England 43–13 Ireland's first & largest win in Croke Park
2 February 2008 2008 Six Nations Championship  Ireland vs.  Italy 16–11
23 February 2008 2008 Six Nations Championship  Ireland vs.  Scotland 34–13
8 March 2008 2008 Six Nations Championship  Ireland vs.  Wales 12–16
15 November 2008 International Test Match  Ireland vs.  New Zealand 3–22 Ireland's largest defeat in Croke Park
22 November 2008 International Test Match  Ireland vs.  Argentina 17–3
7 February 2009 2009 Six Nations Championship  Ireland vs.  France 30–21
28 February 2009 2009 Six Nations Championship  Ireland vs.  England 14–13
15 November 2009 International Test Match  Ireland vs.  Australia 20–20
28 November 2009 International Test Match  Ireland vs.  South Africa 15–10
6 February 2010 2010 Six Nations Championship  Ireland vs.  Italy 29-11
13 March 2010 2010 Six Nations Championship  Ireland vs.  Wales 27-12
20 March 2010 2010 Six Nations Championship  Ireland vs.  Scotland 20-23 Last try scored by Tommy Bowe. Last points by Dan Parks (78th min penalty)

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