Sydney played host to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the sanctioning body for U.S. college sports, when Division one football (gridiron) got its season underway with a game betwixt the University of California Golden Bears and the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors at ANZ stadium.
Perhaps it was the novelty, perhaps it was the desire to join London as the site for a regular season NFL game, or maybe it was a case of a nice day with nothing better to do, but over 61,000 turned out to watch the 2016 season launch.
The NCAA cannot be accused of peddling a lite version of the game, either. The teams brought their entire entourages along, including marching bands, cheerleaders and support staff.
For the Hawaiians, the location does not seem to influence the outcome on many occasions, as they permitted the Golden Bears to score almost at will, giving up 51 points and managing to score only 31.
The Rainbow Warriors do seem to have improved under new head coach Nick Rolovich. An impressive performance was turned in by running back Diocemy Saint Juste, who contributed 153 yards (139.903 metres) of rushing offense.
Golden Bears Coach Sonny Dykes said that he would like to repeat the Australia appearance next year.