DATE: June 6, 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Michael Mills
WHAT: If you think you know football just because you’re familiar with the American version, think again. Australian rules football is a whole other game, and you can learn more about this rough-and-tumble sport when Central Broward Regional Park & Stadium hosts the inaugural Australian Football Stadium Classic, on Saturday, June 22. The all-day round-robin tournament pits the host team, the Fort Lauderdale Fighting Squids, against the Florida Redbacks, the Dallas Magpies, and an invitational team (the Conquistadors) made up of players from throughout North America.
Australian football is believed to have been first played according to standardized rules in 1859 in Melbourne and has grown to encompass more than 2,500 clubs worldwide. While it is the most popular spectator sport Down Under, it is still establishing a foothold in the U.S., which currently has 36 clubs.
The tourney marks the first time a United States Australian Football League (USAFL) competition will be played at the facility, an International Cricket Council-approved stadium (the only one in the country) that was built with cricket and Australian football in mind. The park and the USAFL co-host the event with the Fort Lauderdale Australian Football Club (FLAFC).
WHERE: Central Broward Regional Park & Stadium
3700 N.W. 11th Place, Lauderhill 33311
WHEN: Saturday, June 22
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
WHO: For all ages.
HOW: The park’s regular weekend and holiday gate entrance fee of $1.50/person (children 5 and under free) will be in effect.
For further information, call the park at 954-357-5400. Central Broward Regional is accessible via Broward County Transit Routes #18, #36, #40, and #81.
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