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    The AFL match in Shanghai between Gold Coast and Port Adelaide is set to attract a crowd of about 10,000.

    The league announced late on Thursday that all tickets for the May 14 match were now sold.

    Shanghai’s Jiangwan Stadium will host the first AFL match for premiership points outside Australia and New Zealand.

    “The crowd will be made up of fans travelling from Australia, fans from the Asian region and new fans from within China itself,” AFL finance officer Travis Auld said.

    There has been speculation this week about whether the game will go ahead in Shanghai, given the regional tensions surrounding North Korea.

    The AFL remains confident the game will proceed as planned but Gold Coast’s Metricon Stadium is on standby.

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    • April 21st 2017 @ 11:02am
      Anthony said | April 21st 2017 @ 11:02am | ! Report

      I am a PAFC member & registered with the club for a ticket, having made my own travel arrangements. When tickets were released a month ago I was not successful. This was very disappointing & showed a lack of professional organisation by PAFC. I was successful yesterday in the 2nd release of tickets – but it was a close call, as the game is mow sold out. I will not go to another Shanghai game. It was very stressful thinking that I have booked flights & hotels as a club member & might not have been able to get into the game.

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        April 21st 2017 @ 1:05pm
        Cat said | April 21st 2017 @ 1:05pm | ! Report

        So you booked travel and accommodation before knowing if you’d get a ticket … sounds like a failure on your part, not the clubs.

        • April 21st 2017 @ 1:39pm
          spruce moose said | April 21st 2017 @ 1:39pm | ! Report


          In fairness…Qantas were doing astoundingly good deals to Beijing/Shanghai 6 weeks ago. Returns for $550.

          It would have been madness not to roll the dice, and then institute a plan B weekend instead if not getting the tickets.

          Anthony has a point. An overseas game, with a tiny crowd capacity should have seen these tickets released months earlier. Anthony should not have to be held back fiscally because of poor planning by the Power admin.

        • April 21st 2017 @ 2:57pm
          Anthony said | April 21st 2017 @ 2:57pm | ! Report

          Typical unkind comment, Cat! Last year PAFC asked all who were interested to use their travel agent, which would be flights from Adelaide.

          I do not live in Adelaide, so did not use the PAFC travel agents. – like many members. Those of us making our own arrangements were asked to register with the Club for our tickets, which I did. When we were emailed with the booking link I waited 5 hours – not unlike ticketeck et al – but it was a Chinese booking agency! By the time I got access all tickets were gone.

          I rightly assumed that I would get a seat, having registered. When I contacted the Club they said they had underestimated the response. I was told that there would be a 2nd release & I would have no problem. And they were correct.

    • April 21st 2017 @ 12:09pm
      Dan said | April 21st 2017 @ 12:09pm | ! Report

      Hopefully it goes better then the Anzac day games in Wellington

    • April 21st 2017 @ 12:54pm
      Drake Wrigglesworth-Smith said | April 21st 2017 @ 12:54pm | ! Report

      Nice boozy day out for the 9.5k expats in attendance.

    • April 21st 2017 @ 1:36pm
      spruce moose said | April 21st 2017 @ 1:36pm | ! Report

      Sorry, how the hell does the non-existent North Korean crisis have anything to do with a footy game in Shanghai?

      • April 21st 2017 @ 2:17pm
        Drake Wrigglesworth-Smith said | April 21st 2017 @ 2:17pm | ! Report

        Hysterical isn’t it?

        Even if war broke out in North Korea it would be business as usual in China, South Korea and Japan.

        • April 21st 2017 @ 4:44pm
          spruce moose said | April 21st 2017 @ 4:44pm | ! Report

          Well, that last sentence is utterly garbage. Make no mistake, if North Korea was at war, South Korea would be in a bit of poo. And under ZERO circumstance would the Chinese tolerate American forces beyond the 38th parallel, hence their certain involvement.

          It’s just the idea that there would be war that is nonsensical. This is all a storm in a teacup.

          • April 21st 2017 @ 5:02pm
            Pope Paul VII said | April 21st 2017 @ 5:02pm | ! Report

            Play on. I was astounded to read read recently that Germany played big league footy in April 1945! Although it could have been a case of “you vil play” to keep up appearances.

          • April 21st 2017 @ 9:16pm
            Drake Wrigglesworth-Smith said | April 21st 2017 @ 9:16pm | ! Report

            Daily life will not end in South Korea, Japan, China. Business as usual for everyone.

            Should war eventuate it will end in a matter of weeks if not days. The North Koreans will welcome the invaders with open arms.

            • April 22nd 2017 @ 9:46pm
              Knoxy said | April 22nd 2017 @ 9:46pm | ! Report

              “Daily life will not end in South Korea”

              It will in Seoul when the North Korean’s bomb the living hell out of the place, which they’re sure to do in the event of war.

        • April 22nd 2017 @ 1:29pm
          Paul2 said | April 22nd 2017 @ 1:29pm | ! Report

          Business as usual in South Korea?! A nuclear armed North Korea with nothing to lose. Nothing to see here folks. Play on!

    • April 22nd 2017 @ 7:00pm
      Josh said | April 22nd 2017 @ 7:00pm | ! Report

      More people care about AFL in China than Western Sydney.

    • April 24th 2017 @ 9:25pm
      Mat said | April 24th 2017 @ 9:25pm | ! Report

      10,000 sell out??????? Are they serious??? Are any actual Chinese going to watch the game? 10,000 Will be all travelling Aussies. And I know Kochie said 50mill ‘might’ watch the game. I call bull!!!!!!

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