Blacktown could host AFL games under joint Giants-Swans proposal

Blacktown International Sportspark could host AFL games as part of a proposal put forward by the Swans and the Giants.Credit:AAP

While all six states, the Northern Territory and the ACT are being considered, the league’s two Sydney-based clubs are pushing for matches to be played in the city.

“First and and foremost, we’re supportive of the competition restarting when the tick-offs are there from medical and government authorities,” Giants chief David Matthews said.

“The community has done a brilliant job in responding and the governments have, too, and we’re getting ourselves into a good position. At the same time we don’t want to be complacent.

“When a restart occurs, the hub model is important to complete a season. We’ve certainly made a submission with the Swans that Sydney and the Olympic Park precinct is ideal.


“It was built specifically to have capacity to activate multiple teams, the infrastructure to accommodate it, the opportunities to utilise the med facilities.

“Our overriding message is, without knowing the precise details if this is a concept they’re trying to execute, then Sydney has everything the AFL needs.”

Gary Rohan played for Geelong against the Giants at Giants Stadium in round one before the competition moving into lockdown.

“There was no one around at Homebush out in Sydney,” Rohan said. “It was like a ghost town – there was no one out there.”

The AFL has been forced to explore alternative methods to stage the 2020 season after the competition was brought to a halt by the coronavirus pandemic in round one. There is little hope fans will be able to attend games, even if they are played into October, November and possibly December.

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