Tickets are now on sale for the Gold Coast SUNS’ two 2023 Toyota AFL Premiership Season matches to be held in the Northern Territory.
The SUNS will face the Western Bulldogs on Saturday, May 27, 6.55pm ACST at TIO Stadium in Darwin as part of Sir Doug Nichols Round before facing the Adelaide Crows at the same venue on Saturday, June 3, 7.00pm ACST.
The SUNS will remain in Darwin for the week between the two fixtures to enjoy the full Top End experience as well as partake in numerous engagement initiatives with local Territory communities.
Indigenous SUNS star and Territorian Joel Jeffrey was on site at TIO Stadium this morning and says the two fixtures in Darwin are highlights on the SUNS calendar.
“We can’t wait to get back to the NT for two more matches in 2023,” Jeffrey said.
“Playing in Darwin, in front of friends and family, is always a special opportunity for myself and the other boys from the Territory.
“We’re also looking forward to spending a week spending time with local communities and hopefully inspiring the next generation of SUNS players from the NT.”
It’s the second straight season in which the SUNS will bring two matches to Darwin following an incredibly successful trip in 2022 highlighted by 67-point and 62-point victories over Hawthorn and North Melbourne respectively.
The SUNS also hosted Carlton at TIO Stadium in 2020.
“We know how much Territorians love their footy, with some of the most exciting players in the land hailing from the Top End. It’s great that the SUNS will be here for two weekends running,” Northern Territory Minister for Major Events Paul Kirby said.
“Their week in the Territory means there are more chances for fans to meet the players through community engagement programs.
“It also doubles the positive economic impact we know the AFL has for business and tourism.”
Head of AFL Northern Territory Sam Gibson said, “After a successful campaign in 2022, we look forward to welcoming the Gold Coast SUNS back to the Top End.
“The Gold Coast SUNS are a great ambassador for Territory Footy and will again spend a bit of time out in the community.
“With nine players with links to the Territory on their AFL and AFLW lists, it should be an eclectic array of footy on display over both weekends, against two competitive opponents in the Western Bulldogs and the Adelaide Crows.”
Gold Coast SUNS members with a Territory SUNS membership have guaranteed tickets to the match. All members will be contacted in the coming weeks with information on how to redeem their tickets.