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Gold Coast Suns AFL Fan Experience at Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast, Australia 24/4/22

On a wet and chilly Sunday afternoon I hit the highway from Brisbane to head down the M1 to the Gold Coast to take in the Gold Coast Suns AFL fan experience at Metricon Stadium in Nerang.

Today’s match was to be the Suns versus the Brisbane Lions in the annual QCLASH derby as well as representing an ANZAC Day ceremony to honour our servicemen and women.

I prepped for the match day by getting my daughter Ramona all dressed up in a Gold Coast Suns dress that I bought for her to show her support for another Queensland team (her first ever dress- which she hated, the dress that is!) while I pulled out my Brisbane Bears wool guernsey, grabbed my Sherrin footy, new Lions cord cap from the Lions shop and some fresh ANZAC biscuits to share with mates and laminated my printed out match day ticket to save as my ticket memento to go into my box of 1000+ tickets from 30 years of live events – anything to keep the physical part of the event day ticking on in my opinion.

The fan journey started at 1pm with a quick 50 minute car journey via tolls from Brisbane to Nerang Railway Station. Nerang Station has ample parking and a lockable bicycle station as well as open bike racks. I made sure to park via the exits under security cameras for better safety and to get away faster at the end of the night however by 2pm the car park was filling up with Lions and Suns fans meaning that this is a safe and secure place to leave your car and head to the match due to the number of people coming through here on match days.

Once parked I made my way through the station to the bus terminal area where the game day buses were starting up at 2pm to ferry fans to Metricon Stadium. The buses were free for fans with the transport included within the ticket, as was the train from Brisbane if fans had chosen to catch the train from Brisbane to Nerang Station. However with track work today on the Gold Coast line, driving to the station and then catching this free bus seemed like the best option.

The bus driver was cheerful as Suns and Lions fans hoped on the bus and I was impressed with security greeting everyone that was getting on and asking us who would win while the bus driver was equally impressive ensuring that fans were safely picked up along the way despite there only being the one designated stop at the venue which was a helpful thing to do for those fans who were walking to the ground. The bus arrived directly outside the stadium after a short five minute journey which made it a seamless entry into the ground. It was also important to note that since my last visit here a couple of years ago, parking restrictions have gone up similar to around The Gabba and Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane meaning restrictions apply on match days and it is not advisable to try to park as you risk a fine.

Parking is also available within the stadium for only $20 via the Ticketmaster site however this does seem to sell out quickly in the week leading up to match day. Metricon also has a ride share and public pick up and drop off zone near the venue too with accessible entry and exit to the stadium.

Making our way into the stadium was seamless and we were greeted by a ‘hello’ and ‘thanks for coming’ by the venue staff. I then made my way over to the AFL Record stand and picked up a copy of the ANZAC round AFL Record which is still a bargain at $5 and a game day tradition I never miss.

This is one of my favourite AFL venues in Australia for a number of reasons. The views are great wherever you sit while the ease of access to get in and out to get food and drinks or to go to the toilets is also not a hassle. I love a venue you can walk the full distance around and here at Metricon Stadium you can walk both the inside and outside concourses to take in the full sights and smells of the match day as well as accessing all the types of food on offer and not being cut off by security or ushers.

On the food and beverage front while there were food trucks and permanent food stalls in abundance I found the food offering we sampled to be below par and quite disappointing however this was no doubt not the opinion of every fan who purchased food items at the event. The hot chips we purchased for $6.50 were flavourless (my friend had a delicious peppery salt on his while mine had nothing which was odd) and undercooked while the hot dog looked quite sad presentation wise for $6.50 and the pie for $5.75 had hard pastry like a rock. There was an assortment of options from Chipsters offering dagwood dogs and loaded fries to a Kebab stand meaning there truly was something for every fan to get around. There were also wings and chips and Hawaiian burger combos along with churros and even popcorn boxes to satisfy fans tastes and preferences for both young and old with the more substantial offerings costly $15-$17.

Prices seemed quite high compared to other venues for items such as hot dogs and chips while the beer was fresh and on par with Australian venues with a Carlton Mid tinnie (served into a plastic cup) at $8.95 while Great Northern schooners were $9.80 and craft beer from Pirate Life Brewing Co (CUB/South Australian) was $11.20 for their mid-strength or $8.50 for their 0.9% light beer which all in all represented normal pricing and a good variety for beer drinkers. Furthermore some bars did not have electronic boards displaying prices or price lists so you weren’t sure how much you were paying until it was round up at the til.

The venue has an impressive outside concourse as as well as an inside open concourse which offers plenty of space to roam, order food and drinks as well as find a space to sit and take in the event away from your actual seats. It’s one of my favourite grounds because of the open space and the flexibility you have to walk around the venue on a game day. There are multiple member’s bars (one with a live band called The Fifth Quarter) as well as a Carlton Draught bar for Suns members and fans while there are chairs and tables and plenty of green space including a massive oval only 50 metres from the stands where you can kick footies on all throughout the match day. This is a big incentive for families and young fans who who come along as they can bring in their footballs to the match and head out for a pre, mid or post game kick as we did with our own Sherrin that was a lot of fun.

The sponsor activation social spaces were impressive and included the Carlton Draught bar and a comfy couch seating area overlooking the field of play (could not see sponsor, perhaps Metricon). There were two sponsor activation set ups that really caught my eye though and these included the Metricon Homes ‘Terrace’ that was a fully fledged house within the stadium that included a balcony overlooking the field while the Plungie Pool area was also eye-catching with its pool, lifeguard and blue astroturf seating.

The toilets here were clean and spacious with no lines seen throughout the night for either the women’s or men’s with the men’s having a lot of space to walk in and out quickly with soap and tap all working fine. Hand sanitisers were available around the ground and after checking three which had sanitiser in them on my travels around the venue it was good to see them filled up unlike on recent stadium visits where they have been on show but not filled up.

The views are simply breathtaking here with views on the ground level or up in the stands affording fans a cracking close up view of the action no matter the seating rake. Behind the goals at the scoreboard is also a place worth sitting and while not undercover affords fans a close up view of the action. Sitting high up in section 216 we did still get slightly wet as the rain permeated through the worn roof tarps with the roof, rails and shades all looking like they need a thorough clean. The way-finding in the stadium was not too difficult to see where to go for food, seating sections or toilets but I thought it could be made a bit more clearer and in larger text to make it more visible. I saw a few ushers on the night cheerfully helping fans however there was not one in our stand or the one adjacent, however it seemed that fans made their way to their seats easily with the night running very smoothly as well for stadium staff. Accessible seating is clearly marked and available for those fans needing it while outside the concourses there are merchandise stands offering both Suns and away fans the option of securing a piece of merch.

The Suns fan engagement really stands out and is underrated in my opinion both for AFL teams and in other Australian sporting teams. The Suns really cater well for families and kids with a big feature being their Suns ‘Little Legends’ train that runs around the venue picking up young fans and families and taking them on a fun casual train ride around the outside of the stadium concourse. The Suns do a lot for their members with the social spaces previously listed however they also have a member raise their Suns flag up the flagpole each game while they also have a junior reporter, Suns photo wall, face painting, a kids zone out the back and a member’s guard of honour. Screen activations like Air Guitar and the on-field kick the footy into the Plungie Pool were also fun to watch – I reckon I could have nailed the kick into the footy easily (It’s all about wearing the right shoes for on field fan engagement if you’re ever selected to participate!).

It was also good to see the way the Suns acknowledge their members with big plaques inside the venue honouring those fans who have shown their dedication as members along with history charts across the seating bowl that highlight the Suns formation and history on the Gold Coast over the past decade.

The Suns ANZAC Day ceremony was handled respectfully and included a marching band, the last post and the national anthems and it was good to see everyone take their hats off and stand in silence to appreciate the ANZACs and what this day means to so many Australian and New Zealander’s.

While it was an entertaining game in the rain, the Lions ended up running away with the win 132-80 before the final siren sounded and fans made their exits. I found it easy to leave the venue and the signage for the buses back to Nerang Station or to Broadbeach were easily identifiable with bus staff also speaking to fans to ensure they were headed in the right direction. Within five minutes of lining up we were on a bus and on our way back to the train station which again only took five minutes journey before heading back to the cars and home within an hour to Brisbane.

A Gold Coast Suns AFL game day at Metricon Stadium is a very worthy event day visit in my opinion, either as a Suns fan or as in my case travelling for an away day as a Lions fan. From the views and the big oval for a kick to the Suns fan engagement andd the ease of the fan journey both in and out, it really represents an enjoyable AFL match day for Aussie Rules fans. There is so much on here for families and fans with the Suns clearly going the extra mile to create lasting memories for their members and fans and I could not more highly rate the Suns fan experience as an event worth checking out.

AFL Game Day Brisbane Lions Vs West Coast Eagles, The Gabba, Brisbane, Australia, 21/8/21

The view from the AFL Brisbane Lions Vs West Coast Eagles match day at the Gabba on Saturday 21/8/21.

Score was 19.11.125 to 13.9.87.

 

Brisbane Lions vs Gold Coast Suns AFL Game Day, The Gabba, Brisbane, Australia 24/07/2021

The Brisbane Lions AFL match day from the Gabba in Brisbane on 24/07/21.

The Lions 17.18.120 defeated Gold Coast 10.11.71

Brisbane Lions and The Gabba’s ‘The Verandah’ Fan Experience

Across the globe major venues and sporting teams are constantly working on enhancing the fan experience for sports fans to deliver them extra bang for their hard-earned buck on game day. Whether it be from gourmet food options at MetLife Stadium, sensory rooms at Watford FC’s Vicarage Road or Celtic Park providing free sanitary products for female fans, the fan experience is an integral part of major events that these stakeholders are focussing more deeply on improving.

It’s an arms race between venues as areas like food and beverage, technology, fan engagement and amenities improve in an effort to better service fans at the venue, increase revenue through unique new opportunities and overall make fans feel more valued. One particular area of the fan experience that has seen a large focus in recent times has been the addition of social seating spaces that provide fans with incredible views, gourmet food and drink options and unique experiences with examples ranging from Yankee Stadium’s ‘Judge’s Chambers’, The SCG beach, TIAA Bank Field’s cabana pool and The MCG’s ‘The Lawn’. A recent addition to this list is also the Brisbane Lions’ outstanding ‘The Verandah presented by Hyundai’ exclusive space which is back for it’s second year at The Gabba.

I took in the Lions match against West Coast Eagles and ‘The Verandah’ experience on Saturday night and was very impressed with this authentically Queensland space that is offering fans a unique new way to watch a Lions game in an unrivalled position on a purpose built veranda at the base of the eastern end of the ground’s goal posts.

First impressions are extremely vital however the well-presented area exceeded my expectations and was alive with tropical Queensland vibes and colour as soon as I entered. The addition of comfy bean bags, sun lounges and chairs all enabled fans to grab a front row spot with superior views of the action as the Lions ran away with the match in the opening round.

The atmosphere in The Verandah was pumping throughout the night as people protected their cups of ice-cold beverages when the goals continued to rain in from the Lions. It’s a very relaxed vibe too so while it attracts the Instagram crowd of people who want to be seen, jerseys are also encouraged, as are shorts, as it was a particularly humid night in Brisbane so this is certainly an inclusive space where every fan is made to feel welcome.

A distinctively styled open air space like this is another example of how to both attract new fans to a Lions game at the Gabba as well as delight and entertain existing Lions in a fun social space with the best seats in the house. This is truly a fan experience that is worth taking in at a Lions game and represents exceptional value for money for fans, as it’s only $70 per ticket or $40 for a member upgrade.

At the end of the day a happy fan is a fan who has had a seamless and enjoyable fan journey and feels valued by stakeholders for attending the match day, therefore venues and teams are consistently applying positive and exciting new approaches that puts the fan and the fan experience front and centre. The Lions and the Gabba have created a fun, entertaining and colourful space here to attract new fans which other venues and teams should take a closer look at in an effort to attract new audiences and delight existing fans.

Blair Hughes is an award winning, globally respected fan engagement specialist who helps clients in the sports, music and craft beer industries grow their fan bases, improve fan experiences and create new business and revenue opportunities. You can follow him on Twitter at @MrBlairHughes or at www.MrBlairHughes.com.

Team by Team: 2016 AFL Fan Engagement and Fan Experience Activations

AFL Fan Engagement 2016

AFL Fan Engagement 2016

The 2016 AFL season get’s underway this Thursday night at the MCG with the Richmond Tigers taking on the Carlton Blues in what will be one of 207  hotly anticipated Aussie Rules matches played across the country.

Fans will be excited for the footy happening on the field but what else can they look forward to in terms of the fan experience both inside the stadium and while their online at home, in another state or country, on a mobile or tablet or even with their own virtual reality headset?

Just like I posted a couple of weeks back ahead of the start of the 2016 NRL season (See here: Club by Club: 2016 NRL Fan Engagement and Fan Experience Activations), this AFL club by club fan engagement recap will examine what each of the 18 teams are doing for their fans to drive deeper connections, engage their sponsors with their fans and shine a light on how these teams are listening to their fans.

Disclaimer: All of these team fan engagement activations and fan experience ideas have been sourced from the club’s social media pages and team websites, therefore there may be a great idea which I’ve missed. In this case please reach out to me on Twitter at @MrBlairHughes and I’ll update the article.

Adelaide Crows

The Crows held their season launch on Friday at Adelaide Oval and online offer fans the chance to participate in AFC Quizzes.

Adelaide also have a fan jet called Crows Jet that can fly fans interstate to matches as well as their own Crows Match Day Lottery.

Fans were also given the opportunity to be the ’19th man’ (although why not woman too?) in the team photo.

Crows Jet

Crows Jet

Crows Quizzes

Crows Quizzes

Crows Season Launch

Crows Season Launch

Adelaide Be The 19th Man

Adelaide Be The 19th Man

Crows Lottery

Crows Lottery

 

Brisbane Lions

The Lions have a wealth of fan engagement happening in 2016 and it probably a bit easier for them with their own ground as they can make full use of front Stanley Street area of The Gabba for their Lion Park fan zone.

Brisbane offer fans the opportunity to share their member stories in their Your Club, Your Stories online portal, include behind the scenes shots with their Snapchat account, produce weekly member only online TV Recovery Reports and Training Resources as well as offer healthy eating insights from player Daniel Rich with his Richie’s Recipes.

The Lions through sponsor Hyundai offer Game Day Parking incentives for fans and the member’s only area Hyundai Terrace, the ability to Train with the team, downloadable season calendars and wallpapers as well as free on field Kick to Kick fun after the final siren which enables kids to have a kick of the Sherrin at the end of the game.

The Lions have not forgotten about their female fans as well as their hugely successful Women of the Pride group continues to go from strength to strength in engaging their female fan base.

Lions members can participate in the members road trip for the Geelong match.

Fans can also get their name up on the Member’s Wall at The Gabba for home games as well as cast their vote in the Hall of Fame jersey.

The Lions recently held a Family Fun Day and in partnership with the Brisbane Roar A-League team also offered a creative collaboration which saw the chance for 5000 A-League fans to come to a Lions AFL game and they in turn returned the favour and let 5000 AFL fans head along to one of the Brisbane Roar’s games across town. Read more here on this: Brisbane Roar, Brisbane Lions announce ticket deal

Brisbane Lions 'Richy's Recipes'

Brisbane Lions ‘Richy’s Recipes’

Members Road Trip

Members Road Trip

Lion Park

Lion Park

The Hyundai Terrace- Lions

The Hyundai Terrace- Lions

Train with the Lions

Train with the Lions

Park Inside 50- Lions

Park Inside 50- Lions

Brisbane Lions

Brisbane Lions

Lions Snapchat

Lions Snapchat

Brisbane Lions

Brisbane Lions

Brisbane Lions Members Wall

Brisbane Lions Members Wall

Lions Vote for Hall of Fame Guernsey

Lions Vote for Hall of Fame Guernsey

Lions App

Lions App

Brisbane Lions - Lion Park

Brisbane Lions – Lion Park

Brisbane Lions- Your Stories

Brisbane Lions- Your Stories

Lions Kick to Kick

Lions Kick to Kick

 

Carlton Blues

The Blues push the boundaries and offer fans some unique fan engagement from their player Music Playlists, Blues Museum Blueseum and Carlton Wine Club to their Member’s Stories portal and Ikon Park Carlton Ghost Tours.

The Blues have held a family day, host regular open training sessions, let members names be on their jersey, gave away free posters at a recent family day, let members in for free at the NAB Challenge games, meet the players for signing sessions and even ran an exclusive members opportunity where fans could win heaps of prizes as a different player’s locker revealed new information each day in the lead up to the new season.

The Blues The Journey: Inside the reset of a football club documentary was a great watch for fans of any club to view.

The Journey: Inside the reset of a football club

The Journey
The Journey:
Inside the reset of a football club

Carlton also engage their fans with exclusive on demand audio through their audioBoom channel that features press conferences, radio interviews and raw behind the scenes sounds. As part of their Blues Wall of Fame at Ikon Park the club have installed a beautifully tiled wall of famous players and moment which each have a QR Code that links back to an audioBoom post therefore meaning that a fan can come out to the club and use their phone to interact with the feature while also hearing interesting insights and sounds from that era as they walk along.

Blues News audioBoom

Blues News audioBoom

Carlton Wall of Fame

Carlton Wall of Fame

Carlton

Carlton

Carlton Blues

Carlton Blues

Carlton

Carlton

Carlton

Carlton

Carlton Locker Room Fan Giveaways

Carlton Locker Room Fan Giveaways

Blues Open Training

Blues Open Training

Carlton

Carlton

Meet The Players- Carlton

Meet The Players- Carlton

Carlton MOG Playlist

Carlton MOG Playlist

Carlton- Member Stories

Carlton- Member Stories

Blues Wine Club

Blues Wine Club

Carlton Ghost Tours

Carlton Ghost Tours

Blues Player Playlist

Blues Player Playlist

 

Collingwood Magpies

The Magpies have a host of fun things for fans from their special match day deals and special day deals to their family fun run and walk event and even their Collingwood Cartoon.

Collingwood have run an intra club match, host regular training sessions, have the opportunity for a coach to win an ultimate coaching experience with Nathan Buckley’s staff and have their Magpie Army as well that engages fans across the globe.

There’s plenty to look forward to for Magpie’s fans as this article ‘AFL clubs fear a costly ‘contest’ in match-day experience’ points out that ‘Collingwood president Eddie McGuire bemoaned a “sterile” atmosphere at matches last season, prompting the Magpies to revamp their cheer squad, which will now span three bays at the MCG. The Pies will also have sausage sizzles at their Olympic Park home ground before the match, with fans able to march to the MCG together.’

Collingwood's Magpie Army

Collingwood’s Magpie Army

Collingwood Magpies

Collingwood Magpies

Collingwood Magpies

Collingwood Magpies

Collingwood Magpies

Collingwood Magpies

Collingwood Family Fun Run and Walk

Collingwood Family Fun Run and Walk

Collingwood Cartoon

Collingwood Cartoon

Collingwood Open Training

Collingwood Open Training

Essendon Bombers

The Bombers have some exciting multicultural fan engagement happening at the club with their unique Embracing India Indian supporters hub on their website.

Essendon will play a country game against Geelong this year and have also featured this in their country portal on their home page. Essendon Country Hub

The Bombers players and staff have even been out to members homes to present them with their 2016 memberships which is always a nice touch and puts an unexpected smile on fans faces.

Essendon are just one of a number of teams who have seen the rise in podcasting and have jumped on this hugely popular media to engage with their fans. Their Lloyd’s Lowdown is a very successful podcast that amongst other audio like pressers, match sounds and interviews with players and fans has seen the club generate over 1M listens. Listen to Lloyd’s Lowdown here:

Bombers fans are being encouraged to wave their jackets at key moments of the 2016 season in an effort to get the crowd pumped up and as a homage to the famous Kevin Sheedy jacket waving moment. Skip to 3.44 here to view that classic AFL moment.

Embracing India- Essendon

Embracing India- Essendon

Essendon Surprising Members

Essendon Surprising Members

Essendon Country Fan Engagement

Essendon Country Fan Engagement

Essendon Embracing India Portal

Essendon Embracing India Portal

Fremantle Dockers

Freo have their Digital Docker online magazine, offer fans free fixture Docker’s Wallpapers and have some good deals for members at their home games with seat upgrades throughout the season.

The Dockers also offer a valuable array of educational programs and worksheets in their Welcome to Freo resources to get young fans involved with the club and learn healthy habits and participate in player visits to schools.

Dockers Digital Magazine

Dockers Digital Magazine

Fremantle Dockers

Fremantle Dockers

Fremantle Wallpapers

Fremantle Wallpapers

Welcome to Freo- Kids Worksheets

Welcome to Freo- Kids Worksheets

 

GWS Giants

The Giants G-Man Kids Site is a must view for teams thinking about doing something similar. NRL teams like Parramatta and Souths lead the way here with their kids sites however this is one of the best in the AFL.

GWS fans can download free GWS Wallpapers, vote for their Giants MVP each round,

Their Giants G-Man Kids Zone is also worth a look for what happens on game days at the ground and online.

GWS fans can cast their say in their GWS ‘Your Say’ while the club even held a GWS Hidden Camera Surprise for fans who found a lucky orange ticket.

Giants Wallpapers

Giants Wallpapers

GWS Fan's MVP

GWS Fan’s MVP

Meet G-Man

Meet G-Man

GMAN Wallpaper

GMAN Wallpaper

GWS Wallpapers

GWS Wallpapers

GWS Giants Hidden Camera Surprise

GWS Giants Hidden Camera Surprise

GWS Wallpapers

GWS Wallpapers

GWS G-Man Kids Site

GWS G-Man Kids Site

GWS 'Your Say'

GWS ‘Your Say’

Geelong Cats

Geelong are on Snapchat, have held a family fun day and have allowed fans the chance to be in the team photo. 

Their HALF CAT’S TELSTRA ALLSTARS TEAM enabled junior fans to be in a run on team at the family day. 

Geelong Snapchat

Geelong Snapchat

Geelong Family Day

Geelong Family Day

Geelong Photo

Geelong Photo

 

 

Gold Coast Suns

Gold Coast let fans be in the team photo, host a TV show for members called Sun Burnt, held a family day at their home base in Metricon Stadium, offer VIP match day experiences and held an open training session on a Gold Coast beach for fans.

The team are calling on fans to have their pictures featured on their giant Suns social wall and in good news for fans who like to stay connected at the stadium, Metricon Stadium has just announced details regarding free Wi-Fi in the ground for fans on match days. Read more about that here: Metricon Stadium completes Wi-Fi roll out.

The Suns fan zone is one of the best in the country in any sport and needs to be seen by other sports fans to understand it’s excellence and best practice in providing a unique fan experience. From their football paddock, giveaways and live stage with bands to members bars, abundance of social media picture opportunities and gourmet food options the Suns fan engagement is top notch. I have attached some pictures from when I visited in 2014 and 2015 and hope to be back this year to see how it has improved.

GC Suns

GC Suns

GC Suns

GC Suns

Be in the Suns Team Photo

Be in the Suns Team Photo

GC Suns Open Day

GC Suns Open Day

Open Beach Training with The GC Suns

Open Beach Training with The GC Suns

GC Suns Social Wall

GC Suns Social Wall

 

Suns Fan Engagement

Suns Fan Engagement

Hawthorn Hawks

The Hawks Humans of Hawthorn is a great take on the popular Humans of New York while fans can also fly the flag at Hawks home games in 2016 with their Fly The Hawks Flag campaign.

Hawthorn’s ‘Call It’ App allows fans to participate in the action on their second screen with other fans while fans can also join up to the club tipping comp.

Instead of having a typical family day, Hawthorn have opted for a Night Market event complete with food trucks which is a nice change. More on that here Hawks Family Night Market

The Hawks are also letting fans design their alternative jersey for 2016 with details found here Design our alternate guernsey

Hawthorn Hawks Humans of Hawthorn

Hawthorn Hawks Humans of Hawthorn

Hawthorn 'Fly The Flag'

Hawthorn ‘Fly The Flag’

Hawks Tipping

Hawks Tipping

Hawks Night Market

Hawks Night Market

Design the Hawks Alternative Jersey

Design the Hawks Alternative Jersey

Design the Hawks Alternative Jersey

Design the Hawks Alternative Jersey

Hawks App

Hawks App

 

Melbourne Demons

Melbourne have a wealth of fan engagement happening this year from their Kids Deezone which features a section where young fans can submit a book review, play footy shuffle and participate in other activities.

The Dees Women’s Team section is a showcase of what is happening to engage supporters for the games that the women play this year leading into the new national competition while the Pledge Per Win is a way for fans to contribute a sum of cash after every win that directly helps the club.

Melbourne also have free Wallpapers for fans, held a family footy festival, allowed fans to be in the team photo and host open training and signing sessions for fans as added bonuses.

DeeZone

DeeZone

Melbourne Demons

Melbourne Demons

Book Review- MFC

Book Review- MFC

Demons Family Day

Demons Family Day

Melbourne Open Training

Melbourne Open Training

Melbourne Festival of Football

Melbourne Festival of Football

Melbourne Demons

Melbourne Demons

Demons 'Meet The Players'

Demons ‘Meet The Players’

Melbourne Family Day

Melbourne Family Day

Melbourne Wallpapers

Melbourne Wallpapers

Melbourne Pledge Per Win

Melbourne Pledge Per Win

North Melbourne Kangaroos

The Roo’s digital presence is quite engaging as they do all the regular social stuff however also have a Gif’s section that is a nice touch.

Along with this, North also offer fans the chance to participate in club Quizzes, held a big family fan day and have also released a special retro jersey as seen below.

NMFC Gifs

NMFC Gifs

NMFC Family Day

NMFC Family Day

NMFC Retro Gunerseys

NMFC Retro Gunerseys

NMFC Quizzes

NMFC Quizzes

Port Adelaide Power

Port have released a special retro jersey from their first season for fans. 

PAFC Retro Guernsey

PAFC Retro Guernsey

The rendition by PAFC fans of INXS’s classic tune ‘Never Tear Us Apart’ at home games at the Adelaide Oval is probably one of the greatest sights by any sporting team in Australia right now and needs to be seen in person (I hope to get over this year for a match) This collaborative fan sing along from Port fans has become a stand out anthem at games. Watch it here now

Port Adelaide have also held open training days and have exclusive member benefits with their PAFC App

PAFC Open Training Session

PAFC Open Training Session

PAFC App

PAFC App

Richmond Tigers

The Tigers offer fans a superb match day fan experience with music performances and the new addition in 2016 of being able to control and access around one kilometre of LED signage plus the big screens at key periods on match days.

Tigers fans can get their hands on free Tigers Wallpapers and young fans can be the 2016 Tiger Cub.

Richmond Fan Engagement

Richmond Fan Engagement

Richmond Tigers

Richmond Tigers

St Kilda Saints

The Saints are utilising Snapchat in 2016 to provide fans with AAA footage and pics from behind the scenes on match days and throughout the week.

St Kilda also held a family day and a jersey presentation and have much more to come in 2016 by the looks of things.

Saints on Snapchat

Saints on Snapchat

St Kilda Jumper Presentation

St Kilda Jumper Presentation

Sydney Swans

The Swans fan engagement is world class best practice and offers fans exceptional Match Day fan experiences.

Young fans can be the team reporter with the Red Rookie Reporter while the women’s L@SS ‘Ladies of Sydney Swans’ is a great way for female fans to get closer to the game and team.

Fans can catch a ride for free to the game thanks to this Be Driven To Match Day bit of fan engagement from sponsor Volkswagen.

Swans fans can hear from the players directly with their Swans Player Blogs while also getting pumped up at games and getting involved with the #HCFGOSWANS social call to arms.

The Rainbow Swans LGBTI group is also a brilliant way that the Swans are showing how inclusive they are to all fans which in 2016 is brilliant to see from a major sporting team in Australia.

 

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Swans Red Rookie

Swans Red Rookie

Rainbow Swans LGBTI Fan Group

Rainbow Swans LGBTI Fan Group

Rainbow Swans

Swans

Swans

Sydney Swans

Sydney Swans

Sydney Swans- Lift to the Game

Sydney Swans- Lift to the Game

L@SS Swans

L@SS Swans

Swans Player Blogs

Swans Player Blogs

Sydney Swans Fan Engagement

Sydney Swans Fan Engagement

West Coast Eagles

The Eagles run fun fan WCE Competitions throughout the season, produce interesting audio with their EAGLES FM digital audio channel, hold regular Open Training Days

The Eagles FREE zone offers an array of fan benefits as seen below while the Global Eagle global fan zone means Eagles fans all over the world can engage with each other and the team. 

The Eagles have held a family fun day and have also released a 30th anniversary guernsey for fans in 2016. 

WC Eagles

WC Eagles

Eagles Fan Day

Eagles Fan Day

WCE 30th Anniversary Guernsey

WCE 30th Anniversary Guernsey

WC Eagles Fan Fair

WC Eagles Fan Fair

WC Eagles Fan Engagement

WC Eagles Fan Engagement

West Coast Eagles 'Global Eagle'

West Coast Eagles ‘Global Eagle’

WCE 'Rick's Fun Stuff'

WCE ‘Rick’s Fun Stuff’

Western Bulldogs 

The Doggies offer fans a weekly Bulldogs Cartoon, a special ‘Ask a Bulldog’ segment, information and ways for fans to get involved with their Bulldogs Women’s Team as well as ways for men to look after their health with their men’s health focused Sons of the West program. 

Young Western Bulldogs fans can learn healthy eating tips in their online Bulldogs kids zone called ‘The Pack’ and also participate in reading challenges with the Bulldogs Reading Program. More on The Pack can be found by following the links. 

Bulldogs fans have been able to go to interstate open training days while junior fans can be the ‘Pup Press Reporter’ for each game and also participate in a junior member training session with a player. 

Bulldogs Cartoon

Bulldogs Cartoon

Bulldogs Women's Team

Bulldogs Women’s Team

Bulldogs 'The Pack'

Bulldogs ‘The Pack’

Bulldogs Kids Zone

Bulldogs Kids Zone

Western Bulldogs Open Training

Western Bulldogs Open Training

Western Bulldogs Pups Press

Western Bulldogs Pups Press

Bulldogs Junior Member Clinic

Bulldogs Junior Member Clinic

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