The Suns and Demons return to the Territory in massive AFL match


Territory footy fans are in for a treat with the Gold Coast Suns set to take on the Melbourne Demons on Larrakia Country at TIO Stadium in Darwin on 24 July 2021 at 6.55pm. 

This is a great result for Territory footy fans who missed out on seeing their AFL heroes play live when the Territory’s two scheduled AFL games were moved interstate earlier this year due to COVID-19.

The game forms part of the AFLNT, AFL, Gold Coast Suns and Northern Territory Government partnership for the Suns to play regularly in the Top End, while Melbourne Demons traditionally play a game in the Red Centre. 

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Quotes from Head of AFLNT Stuart Totham:

“A big thank you to the Gold Coast Suns, Northern Territory Government and the AFL for working together to again ensure our Territory footy fans have the opportunity to watch elite games live in their backyard this year after COVID interruptions.”

"After a history making sold-out 2020 clash against Carlton, the Suns are back again. This year they’re playing during the second of our four-year partnership which is beginning to deliver results in our talent pathway programs and community space.

“A special shout out to the Gold Coast Suns for their persistence in bringing the game to the Territory. We appreciate the commitment to the relationship with AFLNT and the Territory footy community. I thank Mark Evans, Stuart Dew and his team for bringing AFL footy to the Territory in 2021.

“We also extend our gratitude to Channel 7, who will showcase free-to-air another aspect of our incredible Territory to a national audience.

“Territorians have an awesome AFL blockbuster game in just two weeks to look forward to; we will see a Melbourne Demons team at the peak of their powers and an improving Gold Coast Suns and we hope the Darwin community will get amongst it, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the show.

Quotes from Gold Coast Suns CEO Mark Evans:

“We’re thrilled to be able to confirm that the Gold Coast SUNS will play in a primetime fixture against the Melbourne Demons at TIO Stadium. 

“We had to reschedule our game in May and we’ve been working hard with the NT Government to ensure we can still bring AFL football to Darwin.

“Ticketing information will come out next week and we want to encourage Territorians to come to the game wearing their red and gold.”

Quote from Melbourne Football Club CEO Gary Pert:

“While the match will be an away game for us, we feel very much at home at TIO Stadium having played games there for the last 10 years.”

Quotes from Minister for Major Events Natasha Fyles:

“Territorians love their footy and it’s sensational to learn that we will now be able to watch it live right here in the Top End.

“We are in for a treat with the Gold Coast Suns clash against the Melbourne Demons certain to attract a massive following.

“We’ve worked hard to bring AFL back to the Territory and now we will see the benefits flow through the community.”