Rainbow Warriors, Cal to open 2016 football season in Australia

Rainbow Warriors, Cal to open 2016 football season in Australia

MANOA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - New University of Hawaii head coach Nick Rolovich is taking his team "down under" to open up the 2016 football season.

The University of Hawaii athletic department confirmed Saturday morning that the Rainbow Warriors will open the 2016 season with a game in Sydney, Australia on August 27 against the Bears of Cal-Berkley.

"The University of Hawai'i is thrilled for this wonderful opportunity to open the 2016 college football season in Sydney against the University of California, Berkeley," said UH Athletics Director David Matlin. "Our football program has tremendous pride in not only representing the state of Hawai'i, but all of the Pacific region. From a cultural perspective, this game will afford our student-athletes an experience they will always remember and give most of them the chance to travel outside the United States for the first time in their lives.

The game, which will be played at ANZ Stadium in Sydney's Olympic Park, has been dubbed the "Sydney College Football Cup." ANZ Stadium seats up to 83,500 spectators and was built in 1999 for the Summer Olympics held in Sydney in 2000, according to a release from the Hawaii athletic department.

College football has not been played in Australia since BYU and Colorado State met in Melbourne in 1987.

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