MAYOR Tom Tate has confirmed Council funds will be used to host a number of interstate AFL teams here on the Gold Coast.
There have been reports the four AFL teams in Western and South Australia will set up camp here for both pre-season training and some early games while they are not allowed to travel in and out of their own states due to coronavirus restrictions.
The West Coast Eagles, Fremantle Dockers, Port Adelaide and Adelaide Crows are all expected to be house somewhere in the city, possibly at the Palm Meadows and Royal Pines golf resorts.
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“I’m delighted that we’ve got four AFL teams that will be stationed here and will be playing,” Mayor Tom Tate confirmed on Friday morning.
“The economic input to our city would be in excess of $5 million.”
Cr Tate could not reveal exactly how much money Council spent on securing the teams, saying only “very little”.
He was also unable to comment on exactly what contractual obligations each of the AFL clubs had agreed to due to confidentiality issues but alluded it would include the players showcasing the city on their social media.
“I can see in their days of not training that they’ll be going out and playing golf… going to the surf.. and i’m pretty sure they’ll use social media to say “how good is the Gold Coast?” Mr Tate said.
It’s expected the interstate clubs, as well as the Gold Coast Suns, will play several games at Metricon Stadium as part of the plan, showcasing the Gold Coast further during the television broadcasts.
“The best part of it is you’re going to have people who are AFL fans down in Victoria and South Australia and Western Australia that are going to be marvelling at our weather,” The Mayor said.
“It’s the best promotion.
“I view every single every game in our city as a major event. So to be able to harness multiple games is multiple major events that we wouldn’t have got otherwise.
“That will build momentum.”
The Mayor was also hopeful the decision would help to give a leg up to his favourite team.
“For the Suns to be able to play on their home ground.. it gives them a better chance to get up the ladder,” he said.
Cr Tate couldn’t confirm exactly which teams would be stationed here on when they would arrive.
AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan is expected to make further comment on the plan when he finally unveils the league’s plan for the remainder of 2020 at a press conference at 12.45pm.