AFL 2024: Barossa confirmed for 2025 AFL fixture at Gather Round, South Australian Premier Peter Malinauskas, announcement, comments, reaction, latest news

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An AFL game will be heading to the Barossa region next season, with the South Australian government set to make an announcement next week.

SA Premier Peter Malinauskas has been vocal in his pursuit of a game in the world-famous wine region, with Gather Round locked into Adelaide until 2026.

As recently as Friday afternoon chief executive Andrew Dillon and Malinauskas have confirmed the details are close to be ironed out, with an agreement now close to being formalised.

Fox Sports understands the possibility of a game was explored for this year, but an appropriate venue was never close to being secured.

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Significant investment is being made into the Barossa’s recreational facilities with a view to being ready for a game in 2025.

The Barossa District Football Club plays at Williamstown Oval, but venues in Lyndoch or Tanunda are understood to be more realistic.

Lyndoch is set for a $42 million facelift, but work has been underway for some time in Tanunda and could be the Barossa’s golden ticket for a showpiece event in 2025.

The AFL and the Premier have been quizzed on numerous occasions this week about a game in the famous wine region.

“The AFL and the government, we’ve been working closely on that proposition,” Malinauskas said.

“We hope that’s what happens. That’s what we’ve been working towards since day dot, so we’ll wait and see how that unfolds.”

The SA government is desperate to keep Gather Round long-term, with a game in the Barossa only strengthening their hand.

The AFL doesn’t need to look too far to see the blueprint for a pop-up AFL game, with Mount Barker successfully hosting a game in 2023 and rewarded with two in 2024.

The new Barossa venue will be the 51st ground used in VFL/AFL history — and likely the first to have Penfold’s Grange available on tap.

Originally published as Exclusive: Barossa set for ‘25 AFL fixture… and it could be golden ticket to keep Gather Round in SA

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