The Territory Labor Government continues to partner with the AFL to bring high quality games to the NT.
Melbourne Demons will once again play two home matches in the NT next year – one in Darwin and one in Alice Springs.
Excitingly, they will take on reigning premiers the West Coast Eagles in Alice Springs and then battle it out with the Adelaide Crows in Darwin.
This comes after the Territory Labor Governments investment of $1.7 million a year over the next five years to secure annual AFL Premiership games in the NT from the 2019 AFL season.
Melbourne Football Club will take on the Adelaide Crows on 1 June in Darwin and go up against Premiership champions West Coast Eagles on 21 July in Alice Springs.
The large TV audience and expected crowds at both TIO Stadium in Darwin and TIO Traegar Park in Alice Springs is a fantastic way to promote the Territory to the rest of Australia.
As stated by Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss
Territorians love their footy and seeing big games live in the NT like this is a real boost to the Territory lifestyle, a boost for tourism and a boost to local business.
Top level games like these increase active participation, are great for tourism and keep the Territory firmly on the national sporting radar.
Its great to welcome the Demons back to the Territory and we look forward to both games.
As stated by Melbourne Football Club CEO, Gary Pert
The club is looking forward to continuing its involvement and contribution to the local community in the Northern Territory next season.
Playing AFL games in the Northern Territory not only allows us to showcase our great game in some of most unique parts of the nation, but also gives the opportunity for the locals to see their heroes play.”