Bulldogs and Power to light up London in twilight AFL match
Aussie rules footy will return to the KIA Oval in London this year after the Australian Football League (AFL) confirmed the Western Bulldogs would meet Port Adelaide on Saturday 3 November 2012.
AFL football will return to the KIA Oval this year after the Australian Football League confirmed the Western Bulldogs would meet Port Adelaide in London on Saturday, 3 November 2012 for the inaugural Australian Football European Challenge.
And in an exciting development – the exhibition AFL game will be played as a twilight match.
AFL Europe said it was delighted to see a return of two senior clubs.
“An AFL match in Europe provides our members and fans of the game to see the stars they watch online and on TV each week up close and personal,” AFL Europe General Manager Ben MacCormack said. “We envisage great support from our AFL Europe community in attending the match which will further highlight the progressions being made in the growth of the game in this part of the world.”
Surrey County Cricket Club CEO Richard Gould also said they were delighted to host the AFL fixture at the Kia Oval in November.
“The ground has hosted many AFL matches over the years and we are sure that the first game since 2006 will provide as much entertainment for spectators as we have come to expect.
“It has always been a popular and colourful event in our calendar and we look forward to it immensely.”
The AFL have appointed Australian major event company Event Planning Group (EPG) as their event delivery partner for the match. EPG, who have been involved with the Olympics, will plan and manage the London based logistics and marketing of the match.