Southwestern football heads to Italy for 12-day tour next week

Southwestern football heads to Italy for 12-day tour next week

GEORGETOWN, Texas - The Southwestern University football team will travel to Italy on Monday, May 15, to embark on a 12-day tour that will include a game against Federation Italiana Di American Football (FIDAF) club team Aquile Ferrara.

"International travel and international competitions are one of the most exciting opportunities for football players at Southwestern University," said head coach Joe Austin. "I am very excited to be taking our team to Italy this spring."

While in Italy, the Pirates will travel to see the Colosseum, ancient Rome, take a Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain walking tour and visit the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. The team also will tour Florence and Fiesole in the Tuscan Hills.

A visit to the Ferrari Museum in Maranello will be followed by an exhibition game on Sunday, May 21 at 10 a.m. (CT). The group also will take in Lido di Jesolo and a guided walking tour of Venice and visits to Milan and the breathtaking Lake Como before returning to Texas.

The Pirates are coming off a 2016 campaign that included a 7-3 record, including a 6-0 mark in conference play. Southwestern also captured the final SCAC championship. The SU football team will move to the American Southwest Conference this fall and is scheduled to open the 2017 campaign at Denison on Sept. 2.