Sydney will play host to the opening round of the American college football season next year, a match being hailed as a coup by the State Government.
When the University of California take on the University of Hawaii on August 27 subsequent year, it will be very first time the game has been played in Australia in decades.
Sydney’s Olympic stadium is anticipated to host 15,000 domestic and international visitors for the clash.
NSW Premier Mike Baird stated it took the State Government about 12 months to secure the match.
“It’s obviously a fantastic opportunity to take what is a massive occasion in America and bring it to Sydney,” he said.
National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) sports are hugely well-known in the US, exactly where fierce rivalries have created, and a robust Television audience has created.
Mr Baird stated it was “fantastic” for the economy as there would be “fans from each teams coming down to enjoy Sydney and New South Wales”.
“That clearly is going to help to drive the economy as nicely,” he said.
He was supported by the NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Main Events and Minister for Sport, Stuart Ayres, who mentioned it would bring a increase of $ ten million to NSW.
“Each universities have massive followings in the USA, and will see thousands of fans from across Australia and around the planet travelling to NSW to watch this opening round game,” he stated.
The University of California’s head coach said it was fantastic for promotion of the game worldwide.
“It is a excellent day for college football and all the fans of our sport,” Sonny Dykes told the official NCAA internet site.
“It shows the popularity college football is gaining, and we’re prepared to support additional introduce the sport to a lot of far more fans.”
Final year the university’s basketball group was element of a group of US colleges that played matches in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
The California versus Hawaii clash will be the very first college football match played in Australia considering that 1987, when Melbourne was host to a match amongst Brigham Young University and Colorado State.
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