Sydney will host the first game of the 2016-2017 American College Football game between the University of California and the University of Hawaii in August 2016.
Finally after a year of talk that a College Football game would be coming to Australia, the news was confirmed by the Colleges, the New South Wales Government, TLA Worldwide and TEG that the California Golden Bears and Hawaiian Warriors will play the first game of the 2016-17 College Football season at Sydney Olympic Park in an extravaganza said to be worth $10 million.
Initially the news that Melbourne was getting the game broke in May 2015 however no confirmation was made and Sydney looks to have won it from Melbourne. It will be the first time a college football game has ever been played in Sydney and a first in Australia since games in Melbourne in 1985 and 1987.
The Sydney College Football Cup will take place at the 83,500-seat ANZ Stadium originally constructed for the 2000 Olympic Games. The state government and Destination NSW expect more than 15,000 international and interstate fans will join the 420 players and coaching staff who will arrive from both teams, as well as the marching bands and cheerleaders and a tailgate event will be held before the game in true US style.
The Hawaii Warriors have a long Aussie connection which includes Aussie former AFL player Scott Harding as a current player, made Colin Scotts the first Australian to earn an American football scholarship and also hosted former rugby league great Paul Sironen for a short stint in the 1980s.
Tickets will be available for sale to the public on Monday the 7th of December at 10am via Ticketek here.
The game will air on FOX SPORTS 502 (Foxtel Paid TV) on Saturday, 27th August LIVE at 11.30am AEST.
- Teams: University of California, Berkeley (Cal Bears) v University of Hawaii (Rainbow Warriors)
- Venue: ANZ Stadium
- Date: Saturday, August 27, 2016
- Time: 2pm AEST
- Telstra Thanks pre-sale: Tuesday 9am until Thursday 9am
- General Public on-sale: Monday, December 7, 10am
- Corporate hospitality packages available
- Ticket Prices
- Platinum: $149
- Gold: $129
- Silver: $99 Adults, $69 Concession/Junior
- Bronze: $69 Adults, $55 Concession/Junior
- Diamond/Locker Room Package: $395
- Telstra Thanks pre-sale tickets: additional $10 booking fee