The Sydney Swans will play the West Coast Eagles in Geelong next weekend – the Victorian Government securing the match after pandemic considerations forced the AFL to move the game from New South Wales.
Acting Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Jaala Pulford today confirmed the additional fixture for the home of the Geelong Cats, providing an economic boost for the city and showcasing the region to a national TV audience.
Backed by the Government’s Regional Events Fund, the additional game means GMHBA Stadium will now host at least 10 home-and-away AFL matches in 2021.
The Round 16 match has been scheduled at GMHBA Stadium at 1:10pm on Sunday, 4 July – two days after the Cats host Essendon. It will be the first time the bombers have played at Kardinia Park since 1993.
Crowd capacity is scheduled to increase to 85 per cent before Round 16, meaning up to 30,000 fans could attend the matches depending on prevailing public health conditions.