The Cal football team will open its 2016 season against the University of Hawaii in Sydney, Australia. The game will be played at ANZ Stadium on August 27.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime type of experience for our student-athletes and an excellent opportunity to see and learn about another culture,” Bears coach Sonny Dykes said in a statement.
“It is a great day for college football and all the fans of our sport,” Dykes added. “It shows the popularity college football is gaining, and we’re ready to help further introduce the sport to many more fans.”
The game will be played in ANZ Stadium, which was originally constructed for the 2000 Sydney Olympics. The facility now holds 83,000 fans.
Scout.com first reported that Cal would open the season in Australia, although negotiations for the game have been under way for weeks. The game will be called the Sydney Cup.
The Bears’ game against Hawaii replaces the previously scheduled Sept. 3 game against South Dakota, a Football Championship Subdivision opponent. Cal will return from Sydney and have a bye before traveling to San Diego State on Sept. 10 and playing Texas in Berkeley on Sept. 17 to close out its nonconference schedule.