In August this year, my family and I travelled to Sydney, Australia to watch a game of American College Football (we bought tickets for my brothers Christmas present as he plays gridiron here in Canberra and loves it).
We drove two cars up; which is about a six hour round trip. Even though Canberra is that capital of Australia, we are tiny compared to Sydney (and basically every other Australian capital). We knew when we hit Sydney as the traffic become quite painful as we attempted to get into Sydney Olympic Park (Sydney hosted the Olympics back in 2000) to watch the game.
Once we got into the stadium, the crowd was going off! The game was between the University of California Golden Bears and the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors. Our entire family was cheering for the Rainbow Warriors! Woo!
Now, I have never watched a game of American Football on TV, not even the Super Bowl (I will get there one day) so this entire show was quite new to me and so very different! First up was the battle of the marching bands. They were so great to watch the formations as they moved closer together and how they integrated into one all while playing catchy music! Just before kickoff, they also played the American National Anthem.
I am use to watching Rugby League/Union or Australian Football so when the two teams ran out onto the field I was gobsmacked at how many people are on the team!! The players just kept running out!
While the two teams battled it out on the field the cheerleaders were performing flips and chants from the sideline. The stamina these guys must have to continuously perform is quite impressive. There was also a random guy in a bear suit running around…
The half time show was a bunch of talented dancers that had people dressed in giant kangaroo suits jumping around the place. American Football really knows how to put on a show!
One of the highlights was when the Bears got a touchdown they would fire a cannon. Even though they put a warning up on the big screens it still scared my poor mum every time! One of our favourite things to do is to scare our mumma bear (eg hiding behind a door and popping out when she walks past), I guess us kids are just kind of cruel… So we would always watch her with anticipation of her reaction. Eventually she caught on and would have this smug look on her face to just say ‘that cannon doesn’t scare me!’
There was even a marriage proposal at the game!
Another highlight was the metre long hotdogs! They were so delicious and a great novelty!
The end score of the game was 51-31 to California with a total of 61,247 Australians turning up to watch the game. I would hope that this becomes an annual event and I will gladly travel up to Sydney to watch another American College Football game.