American Football is coming to Sydney with University of California set to play the University of Hawaii in the opening round of the 2016 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division One College Football Championships.
The match will be held at 2pm on Saturday, 27 August 2016 at ANZ Stadium and is anticipated to attract more than 15,000 domestic and international visitors to Sydney.
Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events and Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres said the American Football event would provide a fantastic day of entertainment, a huge live broadcast audience and a boost of $10 million to the NSW economy.
“The University of California and the University of Hawaii have well recognised and established football programs which will ensure that this game delivers all the excitement and atmosphere of college football to Sydney,” Mr Ayres said.
“Both Universities have enormous followings in the USA, and will see thousands of fans from across Australia and around the world travelling to NSW to watch this opening round game.
“Sydney is globally recognised as a destination for world class sporting events having recently hosted the Opening Series of Major League Baseball along with football giants Manchester United, Juventus, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.
“The NCAA’s decision to schedule a regular season game in Sydney highlights the continuing allure of the city to international sports looking to showcase their product on the world’s stage.”
The game will be broadcast live in the United States and will be the only NCAA competition match that is played on that day maximising Sydney’s exposure.
Tickets go on general sale via Ticketek from Monday December 7.
Sophie Onikul I Minister Ayres I 0428 596 319
Video footage, including Sydney and College Football highlights and Minister’s interview, available for download at https://vimeo.com/147067225
A 30 second highlights reel is also available at https://vimeo.com/147075675