The Victorian Government has secured the AFL Round 12 game between St Kilda and Port Adelaide which has been relocated from Shanghai to Melbourne and will harness the occasion to celebrate the local Chinese community.
The match had been scheduled to take place on 31 May, but due to the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak, the St Kilda home game will now be played at Marvel Stadium on Sunday, 7 June.
Securing the game for Victoria gives St Kilda fans another chance to see their players in action at home and will provide a tourism boost with thousands of Port Adelaide supporters expected to travel to support their team.
This game and the weekend itself are an opportunity to demonstrate solidarity with China and Victoria’s Chinese community as part of the休戚与共 (Stronger Together) campaign, which is urging Victorians to unite as we face up to the global challenge of COVID-19.
The match weekend will feature a Chinese festival to showcase the vibrancy of Victoria’s Chinese communities, including our international student community, and highlight the contribution that they make to our multicultural society.
In addition, this is a chance for the Victorian business community to learn more about trade and investment opportunities with Chinese partners, with key organisations including Alibaba and PWC already on board.
The St Kilda v Port Adelaide game will be played at 5:40pm on Sunday, 7 June.