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The AFL has announced details about AFL Gather Round 2024 with football fans able to start their planning to attend the festival.

After the success of the 2023 version in South Australia, the next few editions will remain in the state.

The Sporting News has all the details on AFL Gather Round 2024.

MORE: AFL Gather Round 2023: Fixtures, tickets and entertainment for Adelaide footy festival

When is AFL Gather Round 2024?

The AFL has announced that the 2024 edition of Gather Round will be held in South Australia from Thursday April 4 to Sunday April 7.

The first ever Gather Round was also held in South Australia through April 2023.

What is AFL Gather Round?

The AFL Gather Round made its debut in 2023 with all nine matches in round five being played in South Australia across one weekend.

It allowed for the South Australian and Adelaide area to be showcased and footy fans could engage in tourism to see their team or others play across the round.

All nine matches sold out in 2023 with 268,000 fans attending games, with more than 60,000 travelling from interstate.

After the success of Gather Round 2023, the AFL announced that the initiative will be held in South Australia every season until the end of 2026.

It’s an initiative modelled on the NRL Magic Round, which sees the competition’s matches all played in one stadium across a single round.

AFL Gather Round 2024 fixture?

Date Fixture Venue Time

Thursday

April 4

Adelaide vs. Melbourne Adelaide Oval 7:10pm (ACDT)

Friday

April 5

Brisbane vs. North Melbourne Norwood Oval 4:40pm (ACDT)

Friday

April 5

Port Adelaide vs. Essendon Adelaide Oval 7:40pm (ACDT)

Saturday

April 6

Sydney vs. West Coast Mount Barker 1pm (ACDT)

Saturday

April 6

Carlton vs. Fremantle Adelaide Oval 3:50pm (ACDT)

Saturday

April 6

Geelong vs. Western Bulldogs Adelaide Oval 7:40pm (ACDT)

Sunday

April 7

Gold Coast vs. GWS Mount Barker 12pm (ACST)

Sunday

April 7

Richmond vs. St Kilda Norwood Oval 2:50pm (ACST)

Sunday

April 7

Collingwood vs. Hawthorn Adelaide Oval 4:40pm (ACST)

Where will AFL Gather Round 2024 games be played?

Adelaide Oval, Norwood Oval and Mount Barker in the Adelaide Hills will again play host to the games over Gather Round.

Five games will be played at Adelaide Oval, while two games each will be played at Norwood and Mount Barker.

Where can I buy AFL Gather Round 2024 tickets?

Tickets for matches at Norwood Oval, Adelaide Hills, and Adelaide Oval – general admission, will cost $35.

Club members can also access free tickets to their team’s fixtures, while kids can get in to any match for just $10.

How can I buy flights and accommodation to AFL Gather Round 2024?

With AFL Gather Round 2024 date’s announced as Thursday April 4 to Sunday April 7, fans can start to book flights and accommodation.

Some of Australia’s major airlines that fly to Adelaide include Qantas, Virgin Australia, Jetstar and Rex.

Accommodation can be booked from organisations such as AirBNB, Booking.com and Agoda.

What is the entertainment at AFL Gather Round 2024?

The entertainment and headline acts for AFL Gather Round 2024 have yet to be announced.

In 2023, The Veronicas and Peking Duk were the headline acts, while DJ’s that featured included o! Mafia, Emma Peters, Matt Sammut, Jesse, Louis F and Marc B.

Peking Duk were also joined on stage by special guests Ben Woolner and Julia Stone.

What they said about AFL Gather Round 2024?

“Gather Round 2023 created a small slice of football history – all 18 clubs in the one state at the one time for a full round of nine matches and a celebration of footy,” Acting AFL CEO Andrew Dillon said.
 
”South Australia really turned it on. All the activity across the state, the nine matches, the footy festival and the community football engagement were some of the best days and events the AFL has ever delivered.
 
”It was said to me so many times that the city itself felt like a Grand Final week, 18 times over, because every club in the competition was part of the build-up, the energy and the delivery, and every supporter base had their moment in the sun for their particular game.
 
”The opportunity ahead is to build on this, and by locking it in to South Australia and today announcing the dates for 2024, we are giving everyone a longer runway to put together a bigger and even better event, and our fans certainty around booking travel and accommodation.
 
”On behalf of the AFL I want to thank the SA government, led by Premier Malinauskas, who committed whole-heartedly to the success of the concept are aligned with our vision to drive support for key grass roots outcomes with at regional venues in SA.”
 
SA Premier Peter Malinauskas said: “The inaugural Gather Round was a success beyond anyone’s expectations.
 
”The event contributed tens of millions of dollars into the state’s economy and helped fill hotels, bars and restaurants.
 
”The atmosphere was simply incredible and the only way to truly experience it is by being here.

“My message to footy fans across Australia is book your flights, book your accommodation and start planning your trip to South Australia because Gather Round 2024 promises to be even bigger than this year.”

Nick Addison, CEO Adelaide Oval Stadium Management Authority said: “Gather Round was an incredible example of what can be achieved with vision and collaboration.
 
”We embraced the opportunity, not only for the six great games but also the unique experiences patrons and visitors to the stadium can’t get anywhere else including Roof Climb and Oval Hotel. 
 
”This culmination of location, offering and experiences will continue to grow awareness for Adelaide Oval and South Australia as a destination for years to come – and we are honoured to be contributing to that legacy.”