The Pittsburgh Steelers could be heading to Ireland for a game in the next few months according to a report in the Irish Echo newspaper.
Mary Hanafin, the Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sports told the paper that there have been official discussions about bringing an NFL game to the country next season.
“Minister Mary Hanafin(who heads the Ministry for Tourism, Culture and Sports) would very much welcome such a move to hold a future NFL game in Ireland, which has such a proud sporting tradition,” the Irish Echo stated.
“There would be a great welcome for visiting fans traveling with the teams to Ireland as well as huge interest locally, and a knock on boost for Ireland from a tourism perspective.”
Steelers owner Dan Rooney is the U.S. Ambassador to Ireland, and his team would be a likely selection to play there.
The NFL has played regular-season games at Wembley Stadium in each of the past four years. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell recently said that he wants to expand the number of games in the area per year, perhaps as soon as next season.
Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberge told the Beaver County Times that he would welcome a trip to Ireland:
“I think it would be fun to go play in Ireland where Ambassador Rooney is. That would be kind of fun.”