An agreement has been made between Port Adelaide, the AFL and Power’s new partner Shanghai Cred Real Estate to play a premiership season game in China in 2017. The match will be played in Shanghai. The agreement was seen by AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan and Australia Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull as Port Adelaide have taken further steps to expand the game into China.
“Today is a day that has been the culmination of a lot of hard work and to be honest, a day that many thought would never happen,” Port Adelaide chief executive Keith Thomas said in Shanghai on Tuesday.
“I’m incredibly proud to have a signed a Memorandum of Understanding on behalf of the Port Adelaide Football Club that ensures we will do everything possible to play a game for premiership points here in Shanghai as early as next season.”
Port Adelaide will also run school and Auskick programs in China, as well as support university programs in Guangzhou and Shanghai.
This news comes after the Port-Essendon match last Friday night was the first time an AFL match was fully broadcasted in China.
This is exciting news for Port Adelaide as they look to expand their club supporter base but also great news for the AFL as they can add some wider exposure of the game to another country which can get more people into watching and playing AFL.
— The Sportsman