The NFL for whatever reason keeps trying to push games overseas. The Steelers have ties to Ireland, and the BBC wrote a quick piece about how the Steelers may find their way into playing a game there due to Dan Rooney.
Notre Dame playing in Ireland made for a perfect match, but, with Dan Rooney’s role as Ambassador to Ireland, the idea of the Steelers playing in the Emerald Isle might pick up steam. Since 2005, the NFL has played a regular season game — a competitive mid-season match rather than a friendly or pre-season game — at Wembley Stadium in London, in front of enthusiastic crowds of around 80,000 each time. It’s an experiment set to continue in October, when the New England Patriots will face the St Louis Rams. The success and appeal of this ‘exported’ fixture means that other cities now clamour to host a game, and with the NFL now considering a second fixture overseas, Dublin is emerging as a prime candidate.