Sydney Morning Herald: Melbourne to host AFL game at ‘biggest stadium in the world’
Posted August 25, 2019 17:10:09The AFL has announced it will host the first of three matches between the two sides at Adelaide Oval, with Melbourne to be the home team in a first-ever meeting between the clubs.
The game, which will take place on August 28, will mark the first meeting between Melbourne and Sydney since 2012.
Both teams have a strong history in the Southern Hemisphere, having played each other in Melbourne in 2006 and 2010 and Melbourne’s inaugural AFL season in 2000.
But the two have not met since the 2012 grand final in Sydney.
It was the first game between the sides at the ground since the 2003 grand final, which saw Melbourne win a thrilling 7-7 thriller in the final, to move into second place in the AFL ladder.
The grand final saw Sydney win by a score of 26-16, while Melbourne won by a tally of 13-10.
Melbourne had previously played in Melbourne’s grand final and had to settle for a 10-10 draw.
In addition to playing at the AFL ground, both teams have also recently hosted AFL games in Melbourne.
The clash will be a test for the league’s marquee clubs.
Both sides have been trying to boost their standing in the game, with a record-breaking $50 million sponsorship deal between the AFL and Melbourne Stadium already in place.
The match is also expected to serve as a chance for the AFL to show its support for the local community and also for the state’s future.
Melbournians are also likely to be interested in seeing how the game will go for the home side.
“It’s a great chance to show how much we care about our local community,” AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan said.
“We want to see the game go to a big, big crowd.”
The match will take up about three minutes, which is the same time it takes for a Sydney-Melbourne grand final.
Melburnians will be able to watch it live on FOX Sports 2, as well as via the AFL’s Facebook page, as the live stream of the game is available for viewers in Australia.