Secret talks are under way to bring Jarryd Hayne’s San Francisco 49ers to Australia for an NFL pre-season game next year.
John York, Chairman of the 49ers, has reportedly been negotiating with New South Wales Premier Mike Baird to hold a match at Sydney’s Olympic stadium next August.
The game would be the biggest sporting event in Sydney since the 2000 Olympics and is expected to cost around $10 million, which would be funded by New South Wales’ major events budget and ticket sales.
“It’s something we’d definitely consider with the NFL,” Dr York told News Corp.
“We’re fully aware of the interest Jarryd Hayne has created in Sydney and Australia.
“I’ve met fans from Australia at every game this year. The support is incredible.”
After Sydney missed out on major events like the Formula One and golf’s Presidents Cup, Premier Mike Baird says he has put the San Francisco 49ers on the top of his sporting bucket list.
“It’d be great to get the Hayne Train and the 49ers to Sydney and we’re talking to the NFL about making it happen,” he says.
“If the NFL comes to the southern hemisphere, we’ve got one message for them: Sydney’s the spot.”
The ANZ stadium has been the stage for many of Jarryd Hayne’s greatest achievements, and no doubt fans would come far and wide to see him play there again.
At this stage, there is no indication which NFL side would come to Australia with the 49ers.
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