Sep 7

Gridiron touches down in the Gong!

Friday 7 September 2018 9:43am

Ministerial media release

All the adrenaline and spectacle of American Gridiron is coming to Wollongong, with the seaside city to host the 2019 IFAF Men’s World Championships.

Sports Minister Stuart Ayres today joined Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra Gareth Ward and Gridiron Australia to announce the International Federation of American Football will stage its World Championship at WIN Stadium.

“This is a massive coup for NSW and the first time an IFAF event will be held on Australian soil,” Mr Ayres.

“Wollongong will be the epicentre of gridiron for ten days next year. You might be a seasoned fan or just a curious sports lover but I encourage everyone to check out this   incredible game and witness why it is an institution in the US,

“This event will not only provide a significant boost for the visitor economy but promote our state on the world stage. The success of home-grown players such as Jordan Stalker, who hails from Wollongong and played on the World Team at the 2012 IFAF International Bowl, demonstrates that the Aussies are a force to be reckoned with.”

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra Gareth Ward said the Men’s World Championship will mark its 20th anniversary in Wollongong.

“More than 500 participants from eight countries around the world will call the Gong home between 23 July and 5 August next year,” Mr Ward said.

“We will be encouraging our interstate and international visitors to get out and enjoy all the city has to offer, including our beautiful beaches along with world-class cafes and restaurants.”

Gridiron Australia Chairman Darrin Mitchell said: "The City of Wollongong is an ideal location for us to showcase the game of American Football to Australia and showcase Australia to our international friends.”

Tickets will be on pre-sale on 1st February 2019 through Ticketmaster.


MEDIA: Vanessa Grimm I Minister Ayres I 0419 744 236

  • Venues NSW
  • Bankwest
  • McDonald Jones Homes Stadium
  • Newcastle Entertainment Centre
  • Stadium Australia
  • Sydney Cricket Ground
  • Sydney Football Stadium
  • WIN Sports & Entertainment Centre