The Brisbane Lions will finalise their preparation for the 2014 season in a practice match with the Sydney Swans at a new AFL precinct in Burpengary.

The great clash between arch rivals Brisbane Lions and Sydney Swans will be the grand opening of the $13 million Moreton Bay Central Sports Complex -AFL Precinct on 8 March.

Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor Allan Sutherland says confirmation of the season 2014 preview match followed a recent visit to the new Burpengary AFL Precinct by the AFL’s Commissioners.

“This is fantastic news for AFL fans and sport in the Moreton Bay Region.

“I’m thrilled. I can’t think of a better way to kick off the Burpengary AFL precinct than cheering on some of the game’s biggest and inspirational premiership stars,” Mayor Sutherland says.

Lions’ General Manager – Football Operations, Dean Warren says this game will be a crucial opportunity for the team to have one last competitive hit out before kicking off our 2014 campaign.

“Equally as important is the opportunity it provides us to continue to share our great game with the wider Queensland community.

“The game will provide an exciting chance for the Burpengary community to see some of the AFL’s best in action and we are thrilled to be a part of it.

“I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge Moreton Bay Regional Council for their support of not only our upcoming match, but AFL in general,” he says.

The Mayor says he believed November’s Draft Week visit by the AFL Commissioners was instrumental in bringing the Lions versus Swans clash to the Burpengary AFL Precinct.

“Obviously there’s a lot riding on selectors, but potentially the Swan’s $10 million man Lance Buddy Franklin and top goal kicker, Queenslander Kurt Tippett could be lining up against the Lion’s best in the ultimate launch of what the AFL has already acknowledged as one of Australia’s premier local football facilities.”

AFL Chairman Mike Fitzpatrick said during the November inspection tour that the quality and functionality of this is comparable with the best community sports facilities in Australia.

“We’ll be seeing the benefit of this for decades to come,” he says.

The Moreton Bay Central Sports Complex – AFL Precinct features a state-of-the-art club house, two competition standard ovals with lighting and a practice field.

“It’s a key part of Moreton Bay Regional Council’s commitment to sport and recreation in one of Australia’s fastest growing urban areas,” the Mayor says.

“Not only will the Moreton Bay Central Sports Complex be the new home of local AFL in the Moreton Bay Region, it’s also the new home ground for the Caboolture Lions junior and senior clubs.

“The Caboolture Lions will be the first to officially play on their new main oval as the curtain raiser to the Lions versus Swans clash on 8 March.

“I’m confident this marks the beginning of a successful partnership with the AFL to create a centre of local football excellence for the young people of the Moreton Bay Region,” he says.

The Brisbane Lions are also hosting a family fun day on the day of the match, find out more in our event guide.

The new Moreton Bay Central Sports Complex is located on AFL Precinct is located just off the Bruce Highway at Aquatic Centre Drive, Burpengary.