PORT ADELAIDE members and supporters can get their travel plans in place for Shanghai 2020 with the AFL confirming the Power will tackle St Kilda in the Chinese city on Sunday May 31.
The fourth annual Shanghai match will again be in Round 11 of the AFL Premiership Season, as it was in 2019.
Since the AFL’s expansion into China in 2017, three successful matches involving Port Adelaide, and the St Kilda and Gold Coast Suns Football Clubs have been played at Jiangwan Stadium in Shanghai’s Yangpu District.
The Power has won each of the games, making the stadium a home away from home.
“The Port Adelaide Football Club is delighted to be involved in the fourth AFL match to be played in the People’s Republic of China,” said Port Adelaide CEO Keith Thomas after the announcement.
“We are proud to have contributed, so strongly, to the first steps towards the internationalisation of our sport. The annual game positions Port Adelaide as one of two AFL clubs at the heart of a significant international event.
“From a commercial perspective, we now have a consolidated, mature and profitable strategy in China.
“In 2019, the game became part of the Festival of Australia, which gave us a unique opportunity to showcase our club in front of national and international leaders, and proudly share the stage with global brands like Penfolds, Rio Tinto, PWC, and a host of massive Chinese companies.
“In our 150th year, we are excited to continue to share this journey with our members and fans. Our people travel like no other, and we look forward to again turning Shanghai black, white, silver and teal next May.”
AFL General Manager of China David Stevenson said the AFL had a long-term commitment to China and building on new partnerships, on and off the field.
“After a successful first three years of the Shanghai match, the AFL is thrilled to continue this tradition which will see St Kilda and Port Adelaide travel to China in May.” Mr Stevenson said.
“The AFL’s increased presence in China, including an office opened earlier this year, extends beyond the match day, with the Festival of Australia in partnership with the Australian government in the lead up the game.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity to give the local AFL fans a match in their home town, encourage Australian-based football fans to travel to China and continue to introduce footy to a new set of fans.”
The complete 2020 Toyota AFL Premiership Season fixture will be released in October.
2020 Toyota AFL Premiership Season
St Kilda v Port Adelaide
Sunday, May 31, 2.20pm (local time), 4.20pm AEST, 3:50pm ACST
Travel packages and ticket information is available at www.shanghai2020.com.au