Allianz Stadium to host 2017 US College Football Sydney Cup

January 31, 2017

FIRST Major League Baseball, now it’s College Football. Allianz Stadium will play host to the 2017 US College Football Sydney Cup, with Stanford University taking on Rice University on Sunday, August 27 at NSW’s favourite rectangular sporting venue.

Stanford Cardinal are true College Football powerhouses, while the Houston-based Rice Owls have a storied history and play out of a former Super Bowl venue.

“We’re thrilled to be bringing another one of America’s favourite sports to Moore Park,” Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust CEO Jamie Barkley said.

“People who attended the 2014 Major League Baseball Opening Series between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers embraced the atmosphere and excitement, and are still talking about it today.

“I’m sure fans who attend the 2017 College Football Sydney Cup will do just the same, making the most of the opportunity to see College Football live at Allianz Stadium.”

NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall, is delighted to have College Football action returning to Sydney in what will be an action-packed afternoon and a boost to the local economy.

“The game between Stanford and Rice will be even bigger, featuring marching bands, cheerleaders, mascots, and traditional American stadium food,” said Mr Marshall.

“It is anticipated to attract more than 19,000 domestic and international visitors to Sydney – an influx which is estimated to inject around $14 million in visitor expenditure into the local economy.”

The College Football Sydney Cup is being brought to Allianz Stadium as part of a partnership between the NSW Government, TEG Live, TLA Worldwide and the Trust.

The announcement of the game is a fantastic result for Australian sport fans and the city of Sydney.

With travelling and local fans given a taste of College Football action in 2016, the 2017 edition will seek to further showcase the match day passion and entertainment seen every weekend in the US - right in the heart of Australia’s biggest city.

Fans will be treated with a world class sporting experience complete with cheerleaders, mascots, marching bands and American themed food options.

In 2017 the College Football Sydney Cup will be played on a Sunday afternoon and right on the doorstep of Sydney’s CBD.

The Stanford Cardinal football program, representing Stanford University in the Pacific 12 Conference, has a decorated history with 15 conference and two NCAA national titles in their record books. Stanford University has produced some of the greatest NFL athletes of all time, such as John Elway.

There are currently 43 former Stanford Cardinal players in the NFL system, including Seattle Seahawks sensation and Superbowl Champion, Richard Sherman. 

The Rice University Owls, based out of Houston, Texas, also compete at the NCAA Division One level. In addition to producing a number of current and former NFL players, Rice University is well known as the school where John Heisman was Head Coach for three years.

The Heisman Trophy, named in his honour, is College Football’s highest individual honour – awarded to the most outstanding player each year.

Stanford Cardinal Football Head Coach, David Shaw, as well as Rice Owls Head Coach, David Bailiff, say that the opportunity to play in Sydney is one that both student athletes, coaching and support staff are all looking forward too.

“To have our student athletes travel to Sydney and experience a new culture and do something that some of them may not have been able to afford or couldn’t do on their own is very exciting. The experience that our guys will gain from playing in Sydney will be truly special”, David Shaw said.

"This is an amazing opportunity for our players to represent Rice on such a unique stage and also expose them to a part of the world that most of them might otherwise never get to visit in person. It's a great opportunity to promote our school, our city and this game we love to the fans in Sydney”, David Bailiff said.

TEG CEO Geoff Jones and TLA Worldwide Chairman, Bart Campbell, are excited to have such an iconic event return to Sydney.

“To be able to bring the complete College Football experience back to Sydney, in which both teams will again be competing for competition points, is something we are excited about and are looking forward to providing fans with a world-class experience”, Jones said. 

“The NCAA College Football Championships season opener is a truly landmark event on the Australian sports calendar for 2017,” said Jones.

“TLA and our partners are determined to build on the success of last year’s debut and create an even better live experience this year,’ Campbell added.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public at 12pm on Monday, February 13. A presale will also be available to Trust members, with details to be announced next week.

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