The Gold Coast Suns will be hitting the road a lot next season and will likely be the AFL’s most-travelled club in 2017.
The AFL released the 2017 draw on Thursday, which includes the historic match between the Suns and the Port Adelaide in China in May.
The Suns will be the nominal home team when they take on Port at Jiangwan Sports Centre in China in round eight.
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The Suns and the Power will have the following weekend off, with the other 16 clubs to get their bye in rounds 11-13.
Gold Coast are also the away team in matches against Melbourne in Alice Springs in round 10 and against the Western Bulldogs in Cairns in round 18.
In some good news for local fans, the Suns will host nine of its ten home games at Metricon Stadium on a Saturday, continuing the consistency created of Saturday fixtures over the last three years at Metricon Stadium.
The AFL has made sure the season starts with a bang, with a QClash blockbuster against the Brisbane Lions cheduled for round one at Metricon Stadium.
For the first time ever, Victorian heavyweights Collingwood, Hawthorn, Essendon, Richmond, Geelong and Carlton all travel to the Gold Coast in the one season.
Suns Chief Executive, Andrew Travis, welcomed the draw, declaring the fixture a winner for the SUNS and the city.
“We are incredibly pleased with our 2017 fixture,” Travis said.
“When you take a close look at the games and the timing of those matches we are set to host here on the Gold Coast, it really is a great fixture for our fans and the city.
“To have the core group of traditional Melbourne clubs playing on the coast is not only great for us, but will be extremely beneficial for the broader Gold Coast.”
“A great example of that is we know Collingwood fans love travelling to the coast and playing them in the middle of the July school holidays will have Magpie families across the country booking their winter vacations to the Gold Coast immediately.
That’s a massive win for the city’s tourism operators, restaurants and hotels.”
“Hosting this selection of teams is unique especially when you consider it will only be just the second time both Richmond and Hawthorn have played a game on the coast since our establishment.”
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