The Welcome Game has become an annual fixture on the AFL calendar between Melbourne FC and St Kilda at the iconic MCG, with this year’s match being played on a sunny Melbourne winter Sunday on July 1st. It’s an inclusive event that sees the Melbourne Football Club roll out the red and blue carpet for thousands of people attending their first AFL Game. It was the perfect game to celebrate the magic of bringing Melbourne fans (as hosts) together with international guests to their first ever footy match!
The match also highlighted the partnership between Melbourne FC and SportsHosts, providing the perfect opportunity for passionate Dees fans from all walks of life to host tourists, backpackers and international students from all over the world by taking them along to the big game.
There were so many incredible Melbourne hosts that each showed off the match in their own unique way. From enjoying a drink before the game, to having lunch at the exclusive Redlegs Bistro at the MCG and even standing on the field holding the banner with the Cheer Squad as the players ran out - every host did an amazing job showing off their favourite club!
Check out a few of our hosting groups below:
Host Thank You Event
After a very close, but tough loss to St. Kilda, we invited all of the hosts and their guests to The Sporting Globe in Richmond for our first official Melbourne Football Club Host Thank You Event.
After a more than a dozen separate hostings took place during the match, it was such a pleasure seeing everyone come together afterwards to share their experiences and bond over some drinks and nibbles. Seeing the impact our amazing hosts had on these international guests’ day was truly special and that feeling was clearly mutual as our hosts got such a kick out of showing off their passion.
As a bonus, we also got to celebrate it with two of our favourite fan groups - The Ruby Demons and the Demon Army.
Check out the pics from the event below:
A huge thank you again to everyone that has hosted and will continue to host in the future! You inspire us by welcoming in new people, embracing their culture and sharing your favourite sporting traditions.
To all of the adventurous international guests, we thank you for joining in this experience and sharing in the fun of connecting with locals.
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