Gold Coast football clubs could soon get their hands on some of the most prized tickets in the AFL, with players set to donate their Grand Final tickets.
The AFL has announced the collective playing group is donating two tickets to each of the 159 grassroots clubs across Queensland.
Clubs will be able to do what they want with the tickets.
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They can be allocated to anyone within the club, like long-standing volunteers or those who may have fallen on hard times this year.
Clubs could also used the tickets to fundraise as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have an impact on a lot of club’s finances.
AFLPA President and Geelong superstar Patrick Dangerfield said it was a ‘thank you’ for hosting the AFL throughout 2020.
“The players are grateful for the incredible support shown to them by the Queensland community throughout the 2020 season,” Dangerfield said.
“It’s been tough for a lot of players to be away from home for so much of the year, but it’s been made easier thanks to the local fans who have brought their energy and voices to the matches each week to cheer us all on.
“The 2020 Grand Final being played in Queensland offers a terrific opportunity for supporters to experience the thrill of attending the Grand Final, and we know the tickets will go to deserving supporters who have done so much to grow our game in Queensland.”
AFL Chief Executive Gillon McLachlan said it would help continue the massive growth of the sport in the Sunshine State.
“Footy in Queensland is going from strength to strength and it is testament to the passion of the players, coaches and volunteers who love their local clubs and the sense of belonging they provide to their local communities.
“We are hoping with this fantastic gesture from the collective AFL playing group that local Queensland clubs can show appreciation to their long-standing volunteers or even use the tickets to raise some funds in what has been a challenging year.
“Thank you to the players for this acknowledgement and donation, I know it is something that will be cherished by all the local clubs.”