The AFL is pleased to announce the GWS GIANTS will host the Gold Coast SUNS at Mars Stadium in Ballarat during Round 17 of the 2021 Toyota AFL Premiership Season.
The game at Mars Stadium will commence at 12:40pm AEST on Sunday, July 11.
It will be the first time the GIANTS play at the Stadium while it is the second time for the SUNS after their match against the Western Bulldogs at the venue in Round 4, 2018.
AFL Executive General Manager Clubs and Broadcasting Travis Auld thanked both Clubs, the Victorian Government and the City of Ballarat for their support of this game.
“We are really looking forward to returning to Mars Stadium on Sunday and seeing two in-form sides provide a great contest in Ballarat,” Mr Auld said.
“The pandemic continues to provide some challenges, but the silver-lining has been allowing us to take some matches to regional Victoria. The great crowds and engagement in Geelong over recent weeks has been testament to the appetite for footy in the regional areas.
“We encourage fans from around the region and beyond to visit Ballarat and all it has to offer.
“On behalf of the AFL we thank the Victorian State Government and the City of Ballarat for their continued support of footy and the 2021 Toyota AFL Premiership Season.”
Visit Victoria CEO Brendan McClements encouraged fans to head to the game.
“I encourage footy fans from across the region to head into Mars Stadium to cheer on our visiting teams and allow some extra time to enjoy the great hospitality that Ballarat has to offer.”
“Visit Victoria is proud to help the AFL stage matches in regional locations with support from the Regional Events Fund.”
City of Ballarat Mayor Daniel Moloney welcomed the opportunity to host more AFL football in Ballarat.  
“We thank the AFL and the Victorian Government for the opportunity to host this game at Mars Stadium.” 
“The Mars Stadium surface is among the best in the league. Our venue management and grounds staff do an outstanding job in maintaining it year-round for community and elite level matches. 
“While it’s important to acknowledge these are difficult circumstances for the Giants and the Suns, it’s fantastic to have another opportunity to showcase this wonderful venue on a big stage, and we’re glad to help.”

Ticket on sale times via Ticketmaster
GWS Giants Members – Wednesday 10:00am
GC SUNS Members – Wednesday 12:00pm
General Public – Wednesday 2:00pm

The match will be broadcast live on the Seven Network in New South Wales and Queensland and live nationally via Foxtel and Kayo.
The AFL continues to work closely with respective State Governments, all AFL Clubs and other key stakeholders to best manage the relevant border restrictions currently in place, ensuring the health and safety of the community remains paramount.