AFL returns to Albury
It's official. AFL returns to Albury with Richmond to face Port Adelaide at the Lavington Sports Ground in March 2015.
The AFL has confirmed that the Lavington Sports Ground will be the venue for the NAB Challenge match between Richmond and Port Adelaide on Saturday 14 March 2015, 4.40pm.
A delighted Mayor Kevin Mack welcomed the announcement.
"We work really hard to attract and secure major events for Albury and this vindicates many years of hard work," he said. "We'd like to thank the league for bringing AFL back to Albury and giving our legion of AFL fans exactly what they want."
"One of the questions people ask me most as Mayor is 'when will Albury get another AFL game?'. Our region has a huge appetite for AFL competition and today I can say to them 'We have delivered'."
"Now it's up to fans to show their support by coming along to the match and sending the league a clear message that Albury-Wodonga remains one of its strongest support bases in regional Australia."
"After a four year break the city of Albury will welcome back AFL footy. The Lavington ground is regarded as the premier venue in southern NSW and is sure to be pumping for the March 14 clash."
In an added bonus the match will also serve as a fundraiser for the James McQuillan Future Fund to assist the injured Albury Tiger.
"Richmond is one of Melbourne's biggest clubs with a huge local following and Port Adelaide is arguably the most exciting young team in the competition. And no doubt the Tigers will be looking for revenge after the recent Elimination Final. It's shaping up as a great contest."
The announcement comes after Albury hosted Round 18 of the Hyundai A-League and Super Rugby trial match in early 2014.
"It's a clear sign that Albury has further enhanced its reputation amongst the elite football codes offering first class facilities and the capability to host major sporting events. It's a great vote of confidence in our city and the sporting fans in the region."
The Lavington Sports Ground has a capacity of up to 20,000 spectators.