Northern Territory puts hand up to become an AFL hub

Games could be played at TIO Stadium, which is set up for broadcast, with the Suns having been scheduled to play St Kilda in Darwin this season before the shutdown occurred.

The AFL leases two ovals in Darwin, TIO1 and TIO2, without cricket wickets, so they are available for football all year round and new change-room facilities have been completed at the second oval.

Could Darwin’s TIO Stadium become an AFL hub if the season restarts?Credit:Getty Images

The NT government has lent cautious support to the idea and Totham said up to six clubs could be accommodated at one time.

“I think it has got some legs,” Totham said.


“Logistically there would be a few things to work through but all these could be overcome.”

The AFL has played two games for premiership points in the Northern Territory for most of the decade with Melbourne playing an annual game in Alice Springs.


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