Tasmania – AFL Team

Release Date: 7/02/2020
The TCCI today heralded the AFL Taskforce Report to establish a Tasmanian AFL team by 2025.

TCCI CEO Michael Bailey said the Report’s recommendations for both the North and South of the State will create enormous economic and social opportunities for the whole of Tasmania.

“Since the 1980s, when the national competition became a reality, Tasmania has been waiting for its opportunity,” Mr Bailey said.

“The AFL Taskforce Report outlines a Tasmanian AFL team with a $40 million annual budget, with an $8 million contribution from the State Government, the rest from national and international sponsorship and membership.

“I believe Tasmanians, like Western Australians did when the West Coast Eagles joined the AFL in 1987, will become members, whether or not they are already members of an existing club.

“In Tasmania, some 90,000 people are members of the 18 current clubs.”
Mr Bailey said the economic benefits include:
  • Launceston’s UTas stadium being expanded from a 20,000 seat capacity to 30,000
The construction job impact will be significant and will dovetail with the University’s “urbanisation” program in Launceston
  • Hobart will be the Tasmanian team’s base, perhaps centred around the University’s Sandy Bay campus
This base will create its own new, economic and employment hub
  • Greater long-term domestic tourism with opposition club members flying into Launceston and Hobart for Tasmanian matches
There will greater opportunities for investment in accommodation in both Launceston and Hobart, as well as overall tourism throughout the State
  • Every AFL club has 40-plus players and 100 staff – creating long-term employment opportunities for Tasmanians
“I believe the prospect of Tasmania playing Collingwood, Richmond, Carlton or Essendon – either in Launceston or Hobart – will be a complete game-changer.

“We have seen the success of Hawthorn in Launceston and now North Melbourne in Hobart.

“I believe the creation of a Tasmanian AFL team will change football forever in this State – creating real pathways for both young men and women that have never existed before.”
Mr Bailey called on all Tasmanian football fans to embrace the future.

“The AFL Taskforce Report says a member base of 35,000 will be required to create a viable club. I would suggest Tasmania can easily surpass that target.”

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