COLLEGE FOOTBALL HEADING TO AUSTRALIA
Sydney to host opening match of 2016 NCAA College Football Championships
TLA Worldwide and TEG have today announced that Sydney, Australia will host the 2016 College Football season opener which will see the University of California, Berkeley (Cal Bears) play the University of Hawaii (Rainbow Warriors), at ANZ Stadium in Sydney on Saturday, August 27.
It will be the first time college football will be played in Australia as a regular-season game in 30 years. The announcement of the game is a fantastic result for the students from both Colleges, as well as Australian sports fans and Sydney. The game will be known as the Sydney College Football Cup.
Confirmation of the exciting fixture comes at a time when interest in American football in Australia is at an all-time high, with notable performances by Australians Jarryd Hayne (San Francisco 49ers), Brad Wing (New York Giants) and Jordan Berry (Pittsburgh Steelers).
TLA Worldwide CEO Michael Principe believes the rapidly developing interest in American football from Australians makes it an ideal time for the historic game to be hosted exclusively in Sydney, home of major sporting events.
“Australian fans are hungry for American football to hit their shores and we’re thrilled that two quality College Football teams in the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Hawaii are going to break new ground and will open their 2106 seasons in Sydney,” Principe said.
“We want to continue to build the popularity of college football around the world, and given the growing interest and involvement of Australian athletes in American football, we see this as an ideal opportunity to play the game at a packed crowd at ANZ Stadium.”
The annual host of the National Rugby League Grand Final in Australia, the pinnacle match of one of Australia’s most popular sports, ANZ Stadium can seat up to 83,500 fans.