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Kicking the can: How AFL spent $60 million in Queensland this season

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The AFL completed its season in Queensland with confirmation its total spend in the state was more than $60 million across the 2020 season.

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All 16 non-Queensland clubs were temporarily based in Queensland at some point – a move that allowed the AFL to complete its season – which required the relocation and housing of more than 550 players, 750 staff and their families.

The total spend included 101,000 bed nights, 400,000 meals, 10,000 rental cars, 950 bus trips, 120 charter flights and rental of local sporting facilities.

The AFL announced on Friday $136.4 million of economic contribution in Queensland was generated as a result of its activity in the state.

“We were able to complete our season by hosting teams and holding the majority of our matches here,” AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan said in a statement.

“This has not only provided an ongoing livelihood for many in our industry but also provided employment opportunities across many businesses in Queensland.

“I want to personally pass on my thanks for all the support we have had from so many businesses – whether hotels, bus carriers, car rental firms, food suppliers, security firms, local football clubs, gymnasiums, maintenance people and a host of other local suppliers who have helped to support our clubs.”

A record 80 games were played in Queensland, including the grand final at the Gabba, with Brisbane (35 games), Gold Coast (41) and Cairns (four) all playing host.

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