Queensland is set to become centre stage for the AFL with league bosses in talks with the State Government about bringing more teams to the Sunshine State.
It comes as the coronavirus crisis in Victoria continues while fears are now growing about the situation in New South Wales.
Premier Annastacia Palazsczuk told State Parliament this morning that the AFL has approached the government about basing more teams in Queensland.
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“A short time ago I spoke to AFL CEO Gill McLachlan. He’s looking to book accommodation for hundreds of players and officials at Queensland hotels for two months,” the Premier said.
“You can imagine what that means to those businesses.”
Ms Palasazczuk says negotiations between the AFL and the Chief Health Officer are continuing.
“I stress none of these measures can happen without strict quarantine protocols and the COVID management plan which has allowed the AFL to proceed.
The Premier says it’s another way Queensland is helping out Victoria.
“As everyone knows, AFL is more than a sport to Victorians, we know how they feel. Given the choice between not having a season and having it based in Queensland, I think I know what the fans would like to happen.
“It means more Queenslanders here can also go and see the games.”
“It’s another tick for the legacy of the Commonwealth Games and the Gold Coast’s mighty Metricon Stadium, it’s more fire in the belly for the Suns and Lions.”
The Premier also had a cheeky dig at the AFL boss about the season decider, with the growing likelihood it will have to be moved from the MCG.
“As I told Gill, if the season is based here, then perhaps he should be thinking about a Grand Final here as well.”
It comes as Queensland records another day of no new cases.
The state’s total remains at 1071 with just four active cases, including one on the Gold Coast.
“We’ve had no cases of community transfer since May and we want to keep it that way,” the Premier said.
“This is a credit to every single Queenslander and I thank every single Queenslander.”